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Labour Delays Decision On Fate Of Suspended MP Kelvin Hopkins

Labour Delays Decision On Fate Of Suspended MP Kelvin Hopkins

The case of a Labour MP accused of sexual harassment has been sent to the party's disciplinary body for a full hearing.

Their cases have now been referred to Labour's national constitutional committee (NCC), which deals with disciplinary matters and has the power to order expulsion from the party.

The 76-year-old leftwinger faces two claims of inappropriate conduct towards a 27-year-old activist and fellow MP Kerry McCarthy. The former minister, who like Hopkins is suspended from the party, apologised previous year for any behaviour that may have made women feel "uncomfortable".

Ms Etemadzadeh was chair of the university's Labour society at the time.

"No one in the country should have allegations made against them and not be told what they are for two months".

'The Labour Party will not be commenting further on this case until the conclusion of that hearing'.

She added: "Someone on the NEC is clearly leaking information".

"I learnt from the media that my case has been referred to the NCC".

"I have on occasion asked women I work with out for drinks or dinner, or developed strong feelings for them, and I am genuinely sorry if this was unwelcome or inappropriate in the circumstances, and caused anyone to feel awkward". The only reason this case is being heard by the Labour party is because I went public... He denies the allegations.

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"The very same time I made a complaint, Simon Danczuk was reported to the party and Corbyn set up an independent investigation into the allegations and kicked Danczuk out, whereas in 2016, despite knowing the allegations, and the whip warning him, he promoted Kelvin Hopkins to the Shadow Cabinet".

"I know of other people refraining from coming forward after seeing how my case is being dealt with".

A Labour spokesperson declined to comment on the criticism from the alleged victims.

He said: "I note the decision of the Labour Party to refer this matter to a full hearing of the National Constitutional Committee".

"The Tories have done a better job of handling these sensitive cases than the Labour party has". "My experiences and others demonstrates that political parties can not be trusted to deal with sexual harassment issues and we should have an independent reporting body to investigate these cases".

A Labour Party spokesperson told i: "The Party takes all complaints of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination extremely seriously".

"The Party has been working with its affiliates to develop procedures specifically created to deal with complaints of sexual harassment and safeguarding issues in order to improve internal processes and make it easier to report concerns".

Allegations against Kelvin Hopkins and Ivan Lewis will now be considered by the party's National Constitutional Committee, which will decide whether further action should be taken.


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