Labour has delayed making a remaining determination on the destiny of suspended MP Kelvin Hopkins, who’s accused of sexual harassment. The 76-ye...
Labour has delayed making a remaining determination on the destiny of suspended MP Kelvin Hopkins, who’s accused of sexual harassment.
The 76-year-old leftwinger faces two claims of inappropriate conduct in the direction of a 27-year-old activist and fellow MP Kerry McCarthy.
A celebration spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the matter could be referred to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, which is able to determine whether or not Hopkins will probably be excluded completely, however didn’t give any indication of timescales.
“After consideration of statements provided by the complainant and the respondent, the NEC’s Sexual Harassment panel has agreed that on the balance of the evidence the matter should be referred to a full hearing of the National Constitutional Committee,” they stated.
“The Labour Party will not be commenting further on this case until the conclusion of that hearing.”
Party member Ava Etemadzadeh alleged that Hopkins despatched her an inappropriate textual content and rubbed his crotch towards her after a scholar occasion in 2014.
Bristol East MP McCarthy was prompted by the case to come back ahead and reveal that she too had been despatched suggestive letters by Hopkins for the reason that 1990s.
Hopkins later admitted texting Etemadzadeh however “absolutely and categorically” denied any “inappropriate conduct”.
The case was on account of be heard earlier than the NEC earlier than Christmas, however was delayed till the brand new 12 months.
This week Labour introduced it had appointed impartial charity Rape Crisis to take care of all allegations of sexual abuse or harassment inside the celebration.