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Norwich MP Clive Lewis 'won't hug people anymore' following groping accusation

Clive Lewis MP talks to ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norwich South MP Clive Lewis admits he'll now think twice about hugging people after he was accused of groping a woman at the Labour party conference earlier this year.

It's alleged he hugged the woman and squeezed her backside at the event in September - something Mr Lewis "completely denies".

The Labour Party have confirmed they're investigating after a formal complaint was lodged on Friday.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson, Mr Lewis said it'll be harder to trust people from now on.

"I know I can only speak for myself, but I won't want to hug people anymore," he said.

"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.

"I think it's sad because one of the things about politics is sometimes there's a barrier between the political class and the rest of the country and I just think we should all be able to engage and be friendly. But I think inevitably now, you're going to be second-guessing yourself."

This is the second time that Mr Lewis has been in the news recently after a video emerged last month of him telling a man to "get on your knees bitch" reportedly at the same event.