Labour MP guilty of sexual harassment

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Eirik Sivertsen, a Member of Parliament for the Labour Party, has resigned as a party spokesman and won’t be running for re-election in 2021, after the party concluded that he had violated Labour’s guildelines against sexual harassment.

The party disclosed this week that it had handled a complaint againt Sivertsen, details of which were not revealed. “The complaint was handled in line with the Labour Party’s guildelines,” Sivertsen himself wrote on social media, adding that the party “has concluded that I violated them. I take that under advisement.”

He added that “as a consequence of that, the party asked me to withdraw” from his work on the Parliament’s government committee, “and I viewed that as natural.”

Sivertsen also alerted his home chapter of the party in Nordland that he won’t run for re-election when his term is up i 2021. Like all other MPs, he’s obliged to fulfill his current term. He apologized for the “burden” the harassment case had put on the woman he allegedly harassed, on his family and the party.

The plaintiff was not identified, but TV2 reported she was a young party member and that the harassment occurred at “a private address after a party event in 2019.”

newsinenglish.no staff