Labour suspends Kelvin Hopkins MP over sexual misconduct claim
Party launches investigation into claims, which Guardian understands were brought to then-chief whip’s attention two years ago, following fresh evidence
Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has been suspended from the party after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.
The claims, said to include inappropriate text messages, were first brought to the attention of Labour’s then-chief whip Rosie Winterton two years ago, the Guardian understands. The decision to suspend Hopkins has come after fresh evidence emerged on Thursday.
Breaking News – Labour suspends MP Kelvin Hopkins
Labour has suspended Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins “on the basis of allegations received” by the party.
The party has not given any details of the nature of the claims but said he had had the whip withdrawn while an investigation takes place.
“The Labour Party takes all such complaints extremely seriously and has robust procedures in place to deal with them,” a spokesman said.
Mr Hopkins has represented Luton North for ten years.
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Kelvin Hopkins, a former shadow minister until last year, has had the Labour whip withdrawn after a Telegraph investigation found allegations that he sent “inappropriate” text messages and rubbed himself up against a young woman after a political event.
Ava Etemadzadeh, who is now 27, said that she informed the whips office at the time of the incident and that a regional representative contacted the Leader’s office last year to raise concerns about the allegations.
This suspension must be the first of a number of Labour figures, Sarah Champion seems to be ‘on the money’ with this: