Norwich MP Clive Lewis 'won't hug people anymore' after groping allegation

PUBLISHED: 09:09 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 07 November 2017

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has stated he will now be wary of hugging people after he was accused of groping a woman at the Labour Party's annual conference.

It’s alleged Mr Lewis hugged the woman, a party activist, and squeezed her bottom at the event in Brighton in September. An investigation into the allegation started on Monday after an official complaint was made.

And now Mr Lewis has said he will give people a handshake instead of a hug when meeting them following the accusation.

MORE: Norwich MP Clive Lewis categorically denies groping woman at Labour Party’s 2017 conference

He told ITV News: “I know I can only speak for myself, but I won’t want to hug people anymore.

“When people come and say hello and go for a hug, I’ll go for the handshake. I think that’s where we are.

“And I think as well in terms of relaxing around people, that’s going to be difficult now I think.

“That might be the price we have to pay. I mean it’s quite a small price if you think about it, if there are people abusing their position in power to assault people or worse.”

The woman claimed the incident took place at the same event at which Mr Lewis was recorded saying “get on your knees, b****”, a remark he has apologised for.

When the video emerged online fellow MPs were quick to condemn Mr Lewis.

Mr Lewis issued an apology on Twitter: “I apologise unreservedly for the language I used at an event in Brighton last month. It was offensive and unacceptable.”

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