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- A Labour lord has been sacked from the party’s front bench for attending the Presidents Club Dinner.
- Women were allegedly sexually harassed and groped at the now-notorious all-male event, which was attended by powerful figures from the worlds of finance and politics.
- Lord Mendelsohn was the Labour spokesman on business and international trade in the House of Lords.
Jeremy Corbyn has sacked a Labour lord from the party’s front bench after they attended the now-notorious Presidents Club Dinner where women were allegedly sexually harassed.
This week, The Financial Times published a bombshell report about the all-male charity event, reporting that it was rife with inappropriate behaviour and that hostesses hired to entertain the guests at the exclusive event were repeatedly groped.
A leaked seating plan included numerous high-profile names from the worlds of finance and politics, and attendees and organisers have since come under heavy criticism.
Lord Mendelsohn, the Labour Party’s House of Lords spokesperson on business and international trade, was among those who attended – which has now cost him his position on the Labour front bench in the House of Lords.
In a statement provided to The Daily Mail, a Labour Lords spokesperson said that Mendelsohn was there on behalf of a charity that the event supported, and did not witness any inappropriate behaviour, but has agreed to step down.
“Jeremy Corbyn has this evening asked Lord Mendelsohn to step back from the front bench as he attended the Presidents Club dinner, and he has agreed to do so,” they said.
“Lord Mendelsohn has previously made clear that he attended part of the dinner as president of a charity that received support from the event and he had no knowledge of an after-party. Lord Mendelsohn did not witness any of the appalling incidents described in reports and has unreservedly condemned such behaviour.”
A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn reportedly said: “It’s right that Lord Mendelsohn has stepped down. The reports about this appalling event were deeply shocking and there can be no excuse for anyone’s attendance.”
Nadhim Zahawi, Conservative minister for children and families, is also under pressure for attending the event, though he says he left early.
And David Meller, one of the chairmen of the Presidents Club, has resigned from a senior position at the Department of Education following the scandal.