There is no indication if and when the absurdly long investigation into Hopkins will reach a decision, but we have a feeling it will be long enough to ensure that he does not stand as a Labour candidate in the next general election. This is undoubtedly a political decision, rather than suspicion of guilt. He is one of the few Labour MPs who backed the Leave campaign in 2016. He also continues to support Brexit while suspended from the party, most recently voting against the Letwin amendment. Is the disparity between his harassment case and others a coincidence?
Remainer Mike Hill is not alone in getting a quick turnaround when it comes to harassment claims. Clive Lewis also received a speedy decision when he faced a harassment claim in 2017. The complaint against Lewis was made public two days after Hopkins was suspended, but Lewis was not suspended despite the similarity between the two cases. An activist claimed Lewis had groped her during a hug, but his case was thrown out the following month. Lewis is an ardent Remainer.
One could also query the motivation of the complainant in Hopkins' case. Three years is a long time to hold back, during which she went on to campaign for Remain in 2016. She now argues for a second referendum, something vehemently opposed by none other than Kelvin Hopkins.
|Hopkins' accuser Ava Etemadzadeh (circled) is an ardent Remainer|
Coincidence? What about the other Labour MPs who backed Leave in 2016? Let's take a look...
Frank Field - resigned from Labour after vote of no confidence
Roger Godsiff - facing reselection battle for next election
Kate Hoey - standing down at next election after vote of no confidence
John Mann - standing down at next election to take up government role
Of the Labour Leave campaign backers in 2016, only one (Graham Stringer) is currently likely to make it the next election unscathed.