• Simon Danczuk says incident stems from `extremely low point'
  • Sun newspaper reported Danczuk sent texts to 17-year-old

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party suspended Simon Danczuk, one of its lawmakers in the House of Commons, after a newspaper report that he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenager.

The Sun newspaper said Danczuk, who represents Rochdale in northwest England, sent the texts to a 17-year-old who contacted him seeking a job. Danczuk, in a post on Twitter, said the article, “while not entirely accurate, refers to an extremely low point in my life.”

Simon Danczuk
Simon Danczuk
Photographer: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

“My behavior was inappropriate and I apologize unreservedly to everyone I’ve let down,” Danczuk said on Twitter. “I was stupid and there’s no fool like an old fool.”

The Labour Party’s general secretary suspended Danczuk pending a full inquiry.

“A full investigation will now take place under the authority of the National Executive Committee, which will be responsible for determining any further action,” Labour said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.

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