Simon Danczuk MP has been suspended by the Labour party after he allegedly sent messages to a teenager asking her in one of them if she wanted him to spank her.
The 49-year-old allegedly sexted the 17-year-old girl in July after splitting up from his wife ‘selfie queen’ Karen Danczuk.
The pair contacted each other over a period of months after Sophena Houlihan, now 18, contacted him about a job in his constituency office.
The anti-child abuse campaigner then sent the student a number of flirty messages, telling her she made him “horny”.
A Labour source said that the party’s whip had been removed from Mr Danczuk, which means that he will no longer sit as a Labour MP in the Commons.
Mr Danczuk, a long time critic of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, now faces an immediate investigation by the party’s ruling National Executive Committee.
A Labour Party spokesman said: “The General Secretary of the Labour Party has today suspended Simon Danczuk’s membership of the Party, pending an investigation into allegations published in the media today.
“A full investigation will now take place under the authority of the National Executive Committee, which will be responsible for determining any further action.”
Mr Danczuk said on Twitter: “Today’s Sun story, while not entirely accurate, refers to an extremely low point in my life.”
He added: “My behaviour was inappropriate & I apologise unreservedly to everyone I’ve let down. I was stupid & there’s no fool like an old fool.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn denied that Mr Danczuk’s suspension was linked to his previous trenchant criticisms of the Labour leader.
Mr Corbyn, who is visiting flood victims in York, told The Telegraph: “It is today’s incident, nothing else. Simon has had his membership of the party suspended. He will now be investigated by the national executive.
“The decision was made this morning. The reasons are his conduct, which will now be investigated. I don’t want to say any more than that because I don’t want to prejudice the independent investigation.”
Miss Houlihan told the Sun: “When I first got in touch I never expected the messages to get so graphic. At the time I played along with it, but now I feel like he duped me.
“I enjoyed the attention. There is something about him that I was attracted to.”
She said she had hoped for a career in politics and was in “awe” of him.
Miss Houlihan, of Rochdale, claims she posted a picture of herself in a dress on Instagram and he messaged her telling her she “looked great”, days later she claims he asked her to send him a picture of her and she sent one of herself in a revealing body suit.
He sent messages telling her she was “cheeky” and that he wanted to “spank” her.