Corbyn critic John Woodcock MP suspended from Labour over a sexual harassment allegation

Nigel Roddis/Getty ImagesLabour candidate Liz McInnes (R) reacts with Barrow MP John Woodcock after winning the Heywood and Middleton By-Election at the Heywood Sports Centre on October 9, 2014 in Heywood, England.
  • The Labour party has suspended John Woodcock as it investigates a sexual harassment allegation against the British member of parliament.
  • Woodcock is accused of sending inappropriate texts and emails to a former staffer, which he denies.
  • The frequent critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he does not intend to discuss the case ahead of the hearing.

Labour MP John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour Party while the party investigates a sexual harassment allegation against him, an allegation Woodcock has previously denied.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, a Labour Party spokesperson said: “John Woodcock has been suspended from the Labour Party pending due process. It would not be appropriate to comment further on an ongoing case.”

On Saturday, The Mirror reported that Woodcock, a critic of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been accused of sending “inappropriate texts and emails to a former staffer” between 2014 and 2016.

Woodcock – the MP for Barrow and Furness in Northern England – has denied the allegations, saying in a statement on Monday that he has “been cooperating fully with the process” but is “very concerned” that the details were published by newspapers, claiming it “places a serious question mark over the integrity of the process.”

Here’s the full statement:

Woodcock had recently been considering resigning the party whip in protest against Corbyn’s leadership, according to Politics Home. Sources close to Woodcock have told Business Insider he considered quitting the Labour parliamentary party over Corbyn’s response to the Salisbury attack.

Woodcock, who was first elected to Parliament in 2010, is currently in a relationship with UK political journalist Isabel Hardman, an assistant editor at The Spectator.

Woodcock did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

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