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7 December 2022

Conor McGinn has Labour whip suspended following complaint

The MP for St Helens North has also been suspended as a party member.

By Rachel Wearmouth

MP Conor McGinn has had the Labour whip suspended after a complaint to the party.

It is understood that the MP for St Helens North in Merseyside has also been administratively suspended as a Labour member while an investigation takes place. 

The nature of the complaint is not yet clear, but McGinn has denied “any suggestion of wrongdoing”. 

McGinn said in a statement: “The Labour Party has informed me that it is automatically required to apply a temporary procedural suspension while a complaint is investigated. I have not been told the details of the complaint but I am confident that it is entirely unfounded. I strongly reject any suggestion of wrongdoing and I look forward to the matter being resolved quickly.”

The Labour Party has declined to make any comment. 

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McGinn, 38, stood down as the party’s deputy national campaign coordinator in September to receive treatment for a heart condition. 

He had been a key ally of Keir Starmer’s and was preparing to play a central role in Labour’s general election planning. He has previously served as shadow security minister and an opposition whip, having been elected to the seat in the north-west in 2015. 

[See also: PMQs today: Keir Starmer’s strategy is working]

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