Ivan Lewis (born 4 March 1967) is a Jewish British politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bury South since 1997. Lewis was the initial Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet and held this post until October 2011 at which point he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
In 2009, The Guardian reported that, following a promise to assist British users of the drug "Vioxx" (produced by Merck) with legal fees in their attempt to claim damages, Lewis changed his mind within hours of an "expensive lobbying effort" by Merck. Vioxx has been shown to increase the risk of heart failure in users.
In 2008, the Department of Health confirmed that Ivan Lewis had made an apology for his behaviour when in 2007 he began sending increasingly intimate text messages to then aide Suzie Mason, which ultimately led to her registering concern, and successfully seeking an alternative position within the Civil Service before leaving for the private sector.
A Jewish Labour MP in north Manchester accused of sexual harassment has had his disciplinary case referred to the party’s highest internal body. Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South, said he would “cooperate fully” as his case went to a full hearing of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, which has the power to kick people out. Lewis, a parliamentarian for 20 years who served as a minister in Labour government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, was suspended in November over allegations that he touched a 19-year old woman inappropriately.
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