Geraint Davies, an MP, has come under formal complaint to Labour, and the party has suspended him pending an investigation into reports of “incredibly serious allegations of completely unacceptable behaviour.”
The website Politico reports that a lady has made the complaint; earlier, it was revealed that five other women had made allegations of s3xual harassment against the seasoned politician.
The Swansea West MP will lose the whip in Westminster until a review is conducted as a result of the decision to administratively suspend him.
According to Politico, two younger female MPs said that Mr. Davies, who has held two terms in the House of Commons for a total of 21 years, touched them against their will.
According to the website, it spoke with more than 20 active MPs and Labour employees who provided accounts of claims of inappropriate behaviour dating back at least five years.
It stated that only younger ladies in Westminster were the target of the behaviour.
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.”
Currently, Labour is looking into the allegations brought against Mr. Davies on its own.
If Daniel Greenberg, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, believes the MPs’ code of conduct may have been broken, he may also choose to launch his own investigation.
Labour’s general secretary David Evans informed staff in an email that the party is also evaluating the formal procedures for filing complaints.
Additionally, Mr. Davies is accused of having “boasted” about bringing s3x workers to Parliament for drinks.
An unidentified Labour MP claimed that Mr. Davies “would openly boast about bringing escorts and prostitutes onto the terrace and showing them off” in a story by Sky News.
It is the most current series of charges in the so-called “Pestminster scandal,” which has seen claims of inappropriate s3xual behaviour made against MPs and other top lawmakers in recent years.
Former Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill was found guilty of two violations of the legislative body’s s3xual misconduct policies in 2021, according to the Independent Expert Panel (IEP), which acts as the legislature’s watchdog. These violations involved his conduct toward a woman in both his parliamentary office and his apartment.
Before the commission could penalize Mr. Hill for his actions, he resigned from his position as an MP.
Christian Matheson, a former City of Chester Labour MP, resigned in October after the watchdog’s investigation sustained allegations of “serious s3xual misconduct.”
While the lockdown party-gate controversy put pressure on Boris Johnson, it was Conservative concerns about how he handled the assault claims against former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher that caused his government to collapse last year.
In April 2022, Neil Parish, the former Tory MP for Tiverton and Honiton, admitted to watching adult contents while in the House of Commons, which caused a by-election.
Stephen Kinnock, the shadow minister for immigration, asserted that Labour’s whips are “very alive” to the problem of s3xual misconduct in Westminster.
He told Times Radio: “The key thing is that, when something like this happens, a formal complaint must be made.
“And I do genuinely believe that our whips and our party is very alive to this issue.
“People get suspended, they lose the whip, investigations take place.
“I think we need to make that happen as rapidly and effectively as possible and make sure that anyone who does feel that they have a complaint to make that they know that they can do so in confidence, and that they will be treated with respect and confidentiality and with action will be taken.”
A comment from Mr. Davies has been requested.