LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he is “deeply concerned” over claims a Welsh MP was told she is a “secret weapon” because men want to sleep with her. 

Labour said if a complaint was made about the issue it would be taken “extremely seriously”. 

BBC Wales reported the Welsh MP was described as being a “rising star” of the party at an event. 

She said that before she could reply, the shadow cabinet member had intervened to describe her as “a secret weapon” because “women want to be her friend” and men want to sleep with her. 

“She is a vote winner.” 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “I’m deeply concerned to hear these suggestions and these allegations. 

“There is a complaints procedure and I want everybody to have the confidence to use that complaints procedure because I would want to get to the bottom of this and do something about it.” 

A Labour spokesman said: “The Labour Party takes all complaints extremely seriously. 

“They are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate action is taken.” 

It is understood no complaint has been made, but the party would encourage anyone with a complaint to come forward. 

The comment appears to have come to light after BBC Wales said it had contacted a number of female MPs following the row over a Mail on Sunday article which reported claims from unnamed Tory sources that Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner crosses and uncrosses her legs in the Commons to distract Boris Johnson. 

It also comes as Westminster has been rocked by claims about lewd behaviour, with an investigation into a Tory MP accused of watching pornography in the Commons chamber and dozens of MPs – including three Cabinet ministers – reportedly facing allegations of sexual misconduct

BBC Wales has said the MP, who reported the comments about her, wants to remain anonymous, but those were not the only sexist or misogynistic behaviour she experienced in Parliament or on parliamentary business. 

BBC Wales is reporting other comments from Welsh MPs including Newport West Labour MP Ruth Jones who said in Parliament “everybody gets looked up and down” and Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts who highlighted some media portrayals of female politicians as having a "constant emphasis on appearance with intent to demean". 

It also quoted Brecon and Radnorshire Conservative MP Fay Jones who said she has been subjected to a "deluge of emails" after an appearance on the BBC's Newsnight last week. 

The MP was ridiculed on Twitter for the interview in which she was continually pressed by host, Kirsty Wark, while discussing Boris Johnson and partygate, whether “anyone found to have lied to Parliament should resign?” 

 

BBC Wales said Jones has since deactivated one of her social media accounts and the Twitter account she was using up until last week is described as no longer existing. 

Her interview with Newsnight was also parodied by the comedian Rosie Holt who posts Twitter videos as a fictional MP and splices her own answers with genuine news footage. 

Twitter users reacted to Jones’ Newsnight interview by comparing the interview to Holt’s spoofs with one, sharing the BBC video and writing: “It’s a spoof by Rosie Holt of an actual MP Fay Jones...” 

Others also noted how Holt and Jones, who are both in their thirties and have shoulder length dark hair, share a slight physical resemblance. 

 

After the Newsnight interview aired, and before posting her own take, Holt wrote on Twitter: “hahahah I have just got home to so many notifications telling me I am on Newsnight.” 

BBC Wales, said Jones claimed the emails contained, what it termed, “insulting and offensive comments” and she said: "Ninety-nine per cent of them came from men."

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The MP said: "The language is always about horrible things like suggesting that I was supporting the prime minister - I do not really know how to say this as it is really uncomfortable - but supporting the PM in really untoward measures because that is how I am going to advance my career. I can barely say it." 

Additional reporting: David Hughes, PA Political Editor

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