Six Labour MPs are facing allegations of bullying or sexual harassment after one of the party’s frontbenchers was accused yesterday of slapping a cancer survivor and making crude comments to her.
Karl Turner, MP for Kingston upon Hull East, was accused of slapping a woman on her bottom in his constituency office in 2015. He was also alleged to have told the woman, who had had a double mastectomy, that she “shouldn’t have got rid of her real tits because they were great”.
Two witnesses allegedly heard him tell her: “The ones you’ve got now are nice enough.” After being challenged, he was heard to say: “I couldn’t help myself,” the Financial Times said.
Mr Turner, 46, a shadow transport minister, said that he was aware of the reports but rejected “any suggestion that I behaved inappropriately or in a misogynistic manner”. Labour has refused to investigate, saying that a complaint from a victim was required.
Labour MP alleged to have slapped woman’s buttocks issues denial
Shadow minister Karl Turner also allegedly made comments about cancer survivor’s breasts
A shadow minister has denied acting inappropriately after witnesses alleged he made offensive sexual comments about a cancer survivor’s breasts and slapped a woman on her buttocks.
The Labour MP Karl Turner, a shadow transport minister, is alleged to have said “I couldn’t help myself” when challenged after allegedly smacking the women’s bottom at his constituency office in 2015.
Anonymous witnesses also told the Financial Times (paywall) that the Hull East MP told a woman who had had a double mastectomy that she “shouldn’t have got rid of her real tits because they were great” and then said: “The ones you’ve got now are nice enough.”