MP Simon Danczuk has been suspended by the Labour party following allegations that he ‘sexted’ a 17-year-old girl in his constituency.
The Sun newspaper alleges that Danczuk, exchanged explicit messages with teenager Sophena Houlihan after she contacted him to ask for a job as a case worker in his office.
On Twitter, the Rochdale MP said the story was “not entirely accurate” but referred to “an extremely low point” in his life.
Danczuk has been a prominent campaigner against child sexual exploitation and played a role in exposing the late Sir Cyril Smith as a pedophile.
The MP is also a vocal critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He recently told Sky News he would “probably give Jeremy a D if I had to score him.”
A Labour Party spokesman said a full investigation will take place into the allegations.
“The general secretary of the Labour Party has today suspended Simon Danczuk’s membership of the party, pending an investigation into allegations published in the media today.
“A full investigation will now take place under the authority of the national executive committee, which will be responsible for determining any further action.”
Corbyn refused to elaborate on the suspension, other than to say it was because of Danczuk’s “conduct.”
“Simon has had his membership of the party suspended. He will now be investigated by the national executive,” the Labour leader said on a visit to see flood damage in York.
“The decision was made this morning. The reasons are his conduct, which will now be investigated. I don’t want to say any more than that because I don’t want to prejudice the independent investigation. It is today’s incident, nothing else.”
Responding to the revelations, Danczuk said it was an “extremely low point” in his life.
Today’s Sun story, while not entirely accurate, refers to an extremely low point in my life
— Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) December 31, 2015
My behaviour was inappropriate & I apologise unreservedly to everyone I’ve let down. I was stupid & there’s no fool like an old fool — Simon Danczuk (@SimonDanczuk) December 31, 2015