Labour staff member dead after suspension

A Labour party member has died “suddenly and unexpectedly” shortly after being suspended over alleged misconduct involving adult pornography.

A spokesperson of the party has told Sky News that the staff member worked at Labour Party HQ in Victoria. He was not well known to the public.

The death comes two weeks after the apparent suicide of Carl Sargeant, the cabinet secretary for communities and children in the Welsh Government.

Mr Sargeant was removed from his post and suspended from Welsh Labour after allegations about his behaviour. He died four days later, apparently still unclear about the claims against him.

There have been a series of sexual scandals in Westminster, forcing the Commons to begin drawing up a new complaints procedure.

Labour is investigating claims by the Labour activist Bex Bailey that a party official warned her against going public after she was raped.

The Conservative party has experienced its own sexual scandals, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigning after a series of misconduct allegations and First Secretary Damien Green is being investigated by the Cabinet Office’s head of propriety and ethics, over allegations that extreme pornography was found on his office computer.

Sky News understands that the death of the male Labour Party HQ worker happened shortly after he learned he was facing an inquiry over adult pornography. The facts in the investigation had not be established.

A Labour Party spokesperson 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 at this time.”

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