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Labour suspends Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins

Labour suspends Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins

Labour has suspended Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins after an allegation of sexual harassment.The party has not given any details of the nature of the claims but the BBC understands it relates to an incident first reported a couple of years ago.Mr Hopkins has had the whip withdrawn while an investigation takes place.A party spokesman said Labour "takes all such complaints extremely seriously and has robust procedures in place".
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The backbencher - who was shadow culture secretary between July and October 2016 and has been Luton North MP for 20 years - could not be reached for comment.
Labour sources say a complaint of sexual harassment was made against Mr Hopkins a couple of years ago.It was handled internally and the MP was reprimanded at the time, the BBC understands. However, new allegations have been made about the same incident this week.The suspension comes amid various claims of sexual harassment and improper behaviour in Parliament.
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Exactly like intern we interviewed yday, at time, young activist didn't want to proceed with complaint cos she wanted to remain anonymous— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) November 2, 2017
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Party sources acknowledge Hopkins was reprimanded at the time— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) November 2, 2017
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It seems Hopkins was promoted to Shadow Cabinet AFTER being reprimanded for inappropriate behaviour - no comment from him tonight yet— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) November 2, 2017
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Party leaders have vowed to tackle discipline and grievance procedures.In a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow, Theresa May said disciplinary procedures needed to be reformed.The current system for airing grievances was not fair on employees, she said.On Wednesday, Labour said that there must be "robust procedures" inside as well as outside Parliament for dealing with abuse and harassment.
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