Labour leader says it was reasonable to appoint Kelvin Hopkins to shadow cabinet despite allegations from party activist

Jeremy Corbyn has defended promoting Kelvin Hopkins to his shadow cabinet after the Labour MP had been reprimanded over claims of inappropriate behaviour, saying that as far as he knew, “the case had been closed”.

With a series of allegations faced by some Labour MPs, as well as a number of Conservatives, Corbyn has been under pressure to explain why he made Hopkins shadow culture secretary in 2016 after complaints from a party activist.

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