Chris matheson

Labour MP quits over misconduct claims

Life is pretty good right now for Sir Keir Starmer: his authority is unchallenged, his shadow cabinet is serene and his party is leading by 35 points in the polls. But this morning has seen a (temporary) disruption to all that, following the news that one of his lesser-known backbenches will be quitting parliament after the sleaze watchdog said he should be suspended for ‘serious sexual misconduct.’ The independent panel on MPs’ conduct recommended Christian Matheson be suspended for four weeks following a report into his behaviour. Two allegations of sexual misconduct were upheld by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards against Matheson by a former member of his staff. The