Newcastle Labour MP temporarily suspended from party pending investigation

MP Nick Brown been suspended by the Labour Party. Credit: MP Nick Brown been suspended by the Labour Party.

Long-serving Labour MP Nick Brown has been temporarily suspended from the party - triggering the removal of the whip, pending an investigation.

The member for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East, who has previously served as Labour chief whip, said a complaint has been made against him, the nature of which is unknown.

It is understood Mr Brown has been administratively suspended from membership of the Labour Party while an investigation is carried out.

This leads to the automatic precautionary suspension of the whip.

In a statement issued to the PA news agency, Mr Brown said he is not aware what the complaint refers to, but he is "committing fully" with the investigation.

"There has been a complaint made about me to the Labour Party which is under investigation," he said.

"I am therefore under an administrative suspension from the Labour Party until the investigation is concluded.

"I'm not aware of what the complaint is. I am cooperating fully with the investigation."

Mr Brown has served as chief whip to every Labour leader from Tony Blair onwards, but left the post last year when he was replaced by Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell in a reshuffle from Sir Keir Starmer.

He was first elected as a Labour councillor in the East End ward of Walker in 1980, before being chosen to stand for Parliament three years later.

The Kent-born MP and former minister has won seven elections in the Newcastle East seat, most recently in 2019 with a majority of more than 15,000.