The British Labour Party has suspended a parliamentarian and a former minister over accusations of sexual harassment, further deepening the Westminster sex abuse scandal.
The party made the decision about Ivan Lewis on Thursday and launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against the MP.
Lewis has been accused by a woman of repeatedly touching her leg at a Labour Party fundraising event and inviting her back to his house in 2010, when she was just 19 years old.
“The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour party pending an investigation,” a party spokesperson said.
Five other women have also reportedly come forward to make claims against the veteran MP, who has previously apologized for his past conduct towards women.
Lewis, who served as International Development Minister under former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, last…