Labour Activist Isolated Over Complaint – has come forward since revelations of sexual harassment made headlines
A Labour activist who accused an MP of sexual harassment has spoken to the BBC. She told the broadcaster about feeling disillusioned by how the party handled it.
Ava Etemadzadeh, 27, said she was left feeling very powerless and isolated after Kelvin Hopkins was promoted. This a year after she complained about him.
The MP now suspended by Labour while it investigates the allegations.
The party says it takes such complaints extremely seriously. Mr Hopkins has not commented on the allegations.
Ms Etemadzadeh claims the Luton North MP made inappropriate physical contact while hugging her. It happened after inviting him to speak at a university event in 2014. The hug made her feel extremely uncomfortable.
The second incident was in Parliament. Eva went to have a conversation and he told her that ‘let’s not talk about politics, do you have a boyfriend?’ she told BBC News.
And he also said that if nobody was in the office he would’ve taken me there. I was absolutely shocked and I wasn’t really expecting that.
Some months later Eva raised concerns about Mr Hopkins’ conduct with another Labour MP. The complaint passed to the party’s then chief whip Dame Rosie Winterton, who responded to it.
Labour Party has suspended Mr Hopkins on the grounds of claim
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