Shadow minister Bambos Charalambous suspended from Labour after complaint about his conduct

One of Keir Starmer’s shadow ministers has had the Labour party whip suspended after a complaint about his conduct.

Bambos Charalambous, a shadow Foreign Office minister and MP for Enfield Southgate, is under investigation after a complaint was made against him.

It is understood there was a formal complaint to Labour’s independent complaints process. As a result, Charalambous is administratively suspended from the Labour party, which has the automatic effect of suspending the whip in the House of Commons.

He has stood down from his frontbench role on the shadow foreign affairs team.

Charalambous said: “I am aware that there is an allegation that requires investigation by the Labour party. It is right and proper that process is allowed to take place. I will cooperate fully and play my full part. It is not appropriate to say anything further at this time.”

Labour is not commenting on the suspension of the whip or the investigation.

Under party rules, once an MP has been administratively suspended and is under investigation, they have the party whip suspended as an automatic precaution.

Labour’s new complaints process, signed off at the party conference last autumn, covers all protected characteristics, including race, disability and sexuality, and all forms of discrimination.

The Guardian