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- Key Corbyn aide suspended. David Prescott, son of former Deputy PM John Prescott, is being investigated for as yet unspecified claims.
LONDON – A key aide to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly been suspended by the party following allegations of harassment.
David Prescott, son of former deputy prime minister John Prescott, is being investigated by the Labour Party after being suspended from his role in Corbyn’s office earlier this week, according to the BBC.
The Labour Party is yet to give an official reason for the suspension or to disclose the nature of the allegations against Prescott.
Senior Labour source has just confirmed @benglaze story that David Prescott suspended from Corbyn office over harassment allegations
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) November 8, 2017
A Labour spokesperson told the Mirror newspaper that: “The party takes all complaints of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination extremely seriously.
“We ask that anyone with a complaint comes forward so that allegations can be properly investigated.”
BI has contacted David Prescott for comment. A spokesperson for the Labour leader told Business Insider: “We don’t comment on staffing matters.”
Prescott’s suspension comes amid a sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Westminster in recent weeks.
Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this week announced plans to establish an independent grievance procedure after a meeting with fellow party leaders in Westminster.
The scandal was first reported by the press at the end of last month after a dossier of allegations against almost 40 Tory MPs circulated by parliamentary staff was leaked.
A number of people have since then come forward with new accusations of sexual misconduct involving MPs and staff from Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
Tory MP Michael Fallon resigned as defence secretary last week following accusations of sexual misconduct by female journalists Julia Hartley-Brewer and Jane Merrick. First Secretary of State, Damian Green, is under pressure to step aside amid an investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a young female activist.