Labour MP Geraint Davies suspended after complaint about ‘incredibly serious’ sexual harassment allegations
Labour said it was investigating the claims and urged anyone else with a complaint to come forward
The party said it had withdrawn the whip from Davies in the wake of “incredibly serious allegations” first reported by the POLITICO website. On Thursday (1 June) afternoon, Labour confirmed it had received a formal complaint over Davies' conduct.
Who is Geraint Davies?
A former marketing manager, Davies served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon Central from 1997 to 2005 when he lost his seat by just 75 votes. The 63-year-old returned to the Commons at the next general election in 2010, representing Swansea West - and has been the MP there ever since.
What is he accused of?
According to POLITICO, a number of people have made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Davies. NationalWorld has not verified the claims.
As well as the most recent complaint to the Labour party, POLITICO reported that five other women had made sexual harassment claims against the veteran politician. The most recent complaint involved two younger female MPs had claimed Davies touched them without their consent.
The website said it had spoken to more than 20 serving MPs and Labour staff who described allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back at least five years. It reported that the behaviour was directed exclusively at younger women in Westminster.
Davies told POLITICO he did not recognise the allegations, and he was “naturally sorry” if he had “inadvertently caused offence to anyone”.
What has Labour said?
Labour confirmed it had suspended Davies pending an inquiry.
A spokeswoman for the party said: “These are incredibly serious allegations of completely unacceptable behaviour. We strongly encourage anyone with a complaint to come forward to the Labour Party’s investigation”.
“Any complainant will have access to an independent support service who provide confidential and independent guidance and advice from external experts throughout the process”.