The Daily Mirror alleged yesterday that Cumbrian MP John Woodcock was facing a ‘sex pest probe’ over alleged sexual harassment of a female Labour staffer:
The howls of outrage and calls for the Labour whip to be withdrawn have so far been absent among the Labour MPs and ‘activists’ who were vocal about the case of Kelvin Hopkins in particular.
The Labour whip was immediately and correctly withdrawn from Hopkins pending the outcome of the party’s investigations.
Surely the Labour right is not so cynical that their outrage was driven more by a desire to attack a Corbyn ally than a genuine concern for the protection of women in politics.
The Skwawkbox was attacked by many of them merely for publishing, without comment on its validity or otherwise, Kelvin Hopkins’ statement about his case.
John Woodcock is entitled to the presumption of innocence until his guilt, if he is guilty, is established, but the withdrawal of the whip without prejudice is a correct part of the process.
But it’s interesting to note the tumbleweed-silence of the Labour right so far. Without question, Woodcock’s alleged victim deserves the same level of concern and support – regardless which wing of the party her alleged abuser inhabits.
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