MP cleared of sexual harassment charges

Panel completes investigation following recent allegations

A former shadow cabinet minister – who found himself accused of sexual harassment – has been cleared of wrongdoing.

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis was among a number of Parliamentarians to have been caught up in allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

In the case of Mr Lewis, a party supporter alleged last month they had been groped during an event which took place during Labour’s conference in Brighton during the autumn.

The MP, who had quit the frontbench earlier this year ahead of an EU vote, had always denied the allegations made against him.

“I am very pleased to be able to put this behind me and move on,” he said.

“I believe it right and proper that the Labour Party treats all allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct seriously.

“I want to express my gratitude to my wife, friends and constituents who have supported me during recent weeks.”

In a statement this week, a Labour Party spokesman said: “After consideration of statements provided by the complainant and the respondent, the National Executive Committee’s sexual harassment panel has ruled that on the balance of the evidence the matter should not be referred to a full hearing of the National Constitutional Committee.”

Investigations into the conduct of a number of other MPs are ongoing. In light of the fact that several allegations are said to relate to Parliamentary staff, it has been suggested that Parliament’s employment model may need to be reviewed to provide better protection for employees.