A Labour MP who has been suspended from the celebration over allegations of sexual harassment has “boasted” about bringing intercourse employees into parliament for drinks, two of his colleagues have claimed.
One Labour MP and a Labour peer informed Sky News it was “well known” in Westminster that Geraint Davies would take the ladies to one of many Commons’ bars and “show them off” on the terrace outdoors.
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A former parliamentary staffer has additionally claimed Mr Davies made “inappropriate advances” in the direction of her when she was working as a younger researcher within the early 2000s, “including sexual comments and inappropriate touching” – and he solely stopped after she threatened to inform somebody.
“It’s a well-known secret in Westminster about who to avoid and the parties need to act on these rumours before the perpetrators drag everyone down with them,” she informed Sky News.
And one other of the celebration’s MPs stated she had heard quite a few complaints from girls relating to his behaviour, telling Sky News: “He’s certainly made me feel uncomfortable over the years… just always standing too close and being weird.”
Allegations of sexual harassment towards Mr Davies first surfaced in an article from Politico on Thursday morning.
He has not responded to any of Sky News’ requests for an announcement, however relating to their claims, he informed the web site: “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’ve inadvertently brought on offence to anybody, then I’m naturally sorry as it’s important that we share an surroundings of mutual and equal respect for all.”
Labour suspended the MP from the celebration and urged those that had been impacted by his behaviour to make a proper grievance so they may perform an investigation.
But Sky News has seen proof suggesting the celebration’s whips’ workplace, answerable for the welfare of Labour MPs, had been informed concerning the allegations months in the past.
Sky News understands a lady submitted a proper grievance to the celebration on Thursday afternoon.
‘Openly boast about bringing escorts’
Speaking to Sky News after the celebration suspended Mr Davies, one Labour MP stated: “He would openly boast about bringing escorts and prostitutes onto the terrace and show them off.”
They stated celebration officers had warned him to cease doing it, however no formal complaints had been made towards him, including: “They can’t take any action over hearsay.”
The claims had been backed up by a Labour peer from the House of Lords, who noticed him on the terrace with younger girls, and stated there was all the time speak of him “favouring Eastern Europeans”.
The MP described Mr Davies, who represents Swansea West, as “a wrong ‘un” and “a sleazy man”, saying: “He would look you up and down, make lewd comments and touch you around the waist when he came up behind you.”
They stated they and their colleagues had been happy the allegations had come to gentle, including: “It is something he does to everyone. It is not unusual; it is just the pattern of his behaviour.
“He is without doubt one of the those who when persons are new, they’re informed ‘do not be alone with him, he is a mistaken ‘un’, and warned away from him.”
But they stated they’d sympathy with celebration officers, who they claimed couldn’t act with out formal complaints being made.