Labour MP Christian Matheson Resigns

Labour MP for Chester Christian Matheson has resigned following his suspension for sexual misconduct:

“I have today, with great sadness, tendered my resignation as Member of Parliament for the City of Chester.

This follows publication of a report which had found me guilty of sexual misconduct.

From the start I accepted I had committed a minor breach of the code and had hoped that an honest and open approach would stand me in a fair light. This has proven not to be the case and I am dismayed that I have been found guilty of several allegations that I know to be untrue. Indeed my insistence on what I know to be true – that I had no sexual motivation in this matter – was held against me as a refusal to accept my guilt, and caused an increased sanction which I felt was disproportionate.

Despite provable factual inaccuracies in the sanctions report, my appeal against sanction was not even considered, for the same reason.

Therefore, I faced a suspension from the House of four weeks. Whilst I believe that this is an excessive and unfair penalty, I cannot challenge the process further. I believe that the honourable and right thing to do now is to resign my seat and seek to rebuild my life elsewhere. I would ask for privacy for my family. This matter has also caused a great toll on my health, requiring my hospitalisation, and I ask that my privacy is respected while I recover.

I will forever be grateful to my constituency, and my party, for giving me the honour to serve, and I apologise to the people of Chester, and to the House of Commons, for the disrepute I have brought. I once again apologise to the complainant in my case, for the hurt I have caused.”

By-election incoming…

 

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MP Conduct Panel Recommends Suspending Labour MP Christian Matheson for “Serious Sexual Misconduct”

The Independent Expert Panel for MPs’ conduct has recommended Labour MP Christian Matheson be suspended for “serious sexual misconduct” with a junior staffer:

“There is no doubt that the respondent was seeking to initiate a sexual relationship with the complainant, his junior employee. This wished-for relationship was unwanted and unwelcome throughout. The evidence confirms that his actions were entirely non-consensual, as well as threatening, intimidating, undermining and humiliating for the complainant.”

Matheson’s appeal was also rejected, and the panel recommends a four-week suspension from the House. Read the full report below:

UPDATE: Guido understands Matheson’s whip has been withdrawn. A Labour spokesperson said:

“This is an incredibly serious case. There must be a zero tolerance for sexual harassment and the Labour party has acted immediately following the ICGS findings. We will now select a candidate that the people of Chester can be proud to vote for.”

UPDATE II: Matheson has resigned. Read his statement here…

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