- Reuters/Toby Melville
- A man thought to be in his 30s died “suddenly” after unspecified allegations of misconduct involving porn, The Sunday Times reported.
- The man was a Labour staff member, with colleagues reportedly informed of his death but told not to talk about it.
- The news comes after Welsh Labour politician Carl Sargeant was found hanged after allegations of sexual harassment.
A second Labour party member has been found dead after apparently taking his own life, as an ongoing sexual harassment scandal threatens to engulf British politics.
The man, who worked at Labour’s headquarters and has not been named, faced unspecified misconduct allegations according to The Sunday Times. Staff were told of his death but reportedly told not to talk about it.
According to the report, the claims involved pornography and the man had been suspended from his role last week.
Labour confirmed the death to multiple outlets. A spokesman said: “A member of Labour party staff has died suddenly and unexpectedly. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family, friends and colleagues whose privacy must be respected. We will not be commenting further.”
The inquiry into the allegations was reportedly still in its early stages, and there was no suggestion of guilt so far.
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has so far not commented.
The man’s death comes just a fortnight after Carl Sargeant, a Welsh Labour politician, was found hanged at home. Sargeant had been named in unspecified allegations from several women about his “personal conduct.” Sargeant had said he was confident his name would be cleared, but was sacked from the Welsh government during the investigation.
Labour MP for Bassetlaw John Mann told The Sunday Times that the party had an “amateurish” approach to investigating claims of harassment, and called for an independent body to oversee the process.
“There isn’t a coherent means of dealing with any of this in any of the parties. The party needs to bring in external expertise and stop operating on a wing and a prayer,” he told the paper. “There has not been enough support for people who are coming forward as victims and there has been no support for people where allegations have been made against them.”
Labour appointed QC Karon Monaghan in early November to investigate claims of rape by party activist Bex Bailey. And Labour politician Ivan Lewis was suspended on Thursday over allegations of sexual harassment.