Labour MP suspended after 'serious allegations of unacceptable behaviour'

Labour has confirmed that MP Geraint Davies has been suspended from the party following reports of ‘incredibly serious allegations of completely unacceptable behaviour’.

Five women have accused Mr Davies, 63, of subjecting them to unwanted sexual advances, both verbal and physical, during his time as an MP.

Many of the alleged incidents are said to have taken place on the parliamentary estate, typically in bars or after late-night votes, Politico reports.

One of the women he allegedly targeted was just 19 years old at the time.

A Labour spokeswoman 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.’

On one occasion, Mr Davies, first elected in 1997, is claimed to have approached an ‘extremely intoxicated’ 22-year-old, and subsequently sent her a number of ‘sexually suggestive’ messages.

Another MP told Politico Mr Davies had put his hand on her waist after a late vote in the Commons, and said: ‘Glad we can go home now’.

Further allegations include a party activist who claims Davies repeatedly singled her out at the Labour conference and attempted to invite her back to his hotel room when she was 19 years old, which she says made her feel ‘uncomfortable and under pressure.’

A female Labour MP who has worked with Mr Davies told the publication: ‘He genuinely makes me feel uncomfortable. He gets in your personal space- it’s distasteful. You can see that other women feel uncomfortable around him.’

Mr Davies denies the allegations against him. He was the MP for Croydon Central from 1997 to 2005 and won his current seat in Swansea West in 2010. 

The MP said in a statement: ‘I don’t recognize the allegations suggested and do not know who has made them. None of them, as far as I know, has been lodged as complaints with the Labour Party or parliament.

‘If I have inadvertently caused offence to anyone, then I am naturally sorry as it is important that we share an environment of mutual and equal respect for all.’

Daniel Greenberg, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, could decide decide to open his own inquiry if he suspects the code of conduct for MPs may have been breached.

Parliament’s code of conduct specifies that uncalled-for touching, sexual remarks about appearance, and the repeated propositioning of someone, all fall within the definition of sexual misconduct.

The accusations are the latest set of claims made in what has been termed the ‘Pestminster scandal’, in which allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour have been made against MPs or other senior figures in Parliament in recent years.

In 2021, Parliament’s watchdog, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP), found that former Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill committed two breaches of Parliament’s sexual misconduct rules in relation to his behaviour towards a woman in both his parliamentary office and his flat.

Mr Hill resigned as an MP before the panel could impose a sanction for his behaviour.

Former City of Chester Labour MP Christian Matheson quit in October after a report by the watchdog upheld complaints of ‘serious sexual misconduct’.

While Boris Johnson faced pressure due to the lockdown partygate scandal, it was Conservative complaints about his handling of assault allegations against former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher that led to his premiership collapsing last year.

Neil Parish, the former Tory MP for Tiverton and Honiton, sparked a by-election after admitting in April 2022 to watching pornography while in the House of Commons.

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