Labour Suspend Whip From Geraint Davies Following Behaviour Allegations
Geraint Davies pictured in 2017 (Alamy)
Labour has suspended the party whip from MP Geraint Davies following allegations of “completely unacceptable behaviour”.
According to a report published in Politico on Thursday, Davies has been accused of multiple incidents of inappropriate behaviour towards junior female colleagues.
According to the website, a number of the alleged incidents occurred on the parliamentary estate.
In a statement to Politico, Davies, MP for Swansea West said: “I don’t recognise 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.”
Davies has been administratively suspended from the party pending an investigation, which also suspends his whip in the House of Commons.
A Labour Party spokesperson said on Thursday morning: “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."
The suspension means that Davies remains the MP for his Swansea seat, but he will sit as an independent rather than for Labour.
Davies was first elected as an MP in 1997 when he won the Croydon Central seat.
He lost the seat at the 2005 general election to a Conservative candidate, but was re-elected in Swansea West in 2010, and has been the MP ever since.
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