JEREMY Corbyn re-appointed controversial leftie Clive Lewis to his frontbench – months after he was reprimanded for using sexist language and exactly a month after being cleared of groping claims.
The Norwich South MP was slammed by senior Labour women after he was filmed saying “get on your knees bitch” at a party hosted by hard-left group Momentum in September.
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He was forced to make a grovelling apology.
Mr Lewis was also accused of sexually harassing a Labour member during the Westminster sleaze scandal.
He was cleared last month after the party’s sexual harassment panel found insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against him.
The MP had been accused of squeezing a woman’s bottom while giving her a hug at an event at the Labour annual conference in Brighton in September.
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Until recently he was seen as a top leadership contender.
Mr Lewis’s appointment as a shadow Treasury minister will also cause controversy as it comes less than a year after he quit the frontbench so he could vote against the crucial Brexit bill in the Commons.
He was among a list of 13 appointments as part of a mini reshuffle slipped out last night.
Left-wing firebrand Laura Pidcock was appointed shadow Labour minister. She was accused of lying after a row over her missing a Universal Credit debate in Parliament to go on a birthday trip to Venice.
And she sparked fury when she was elected last June after declaring she won’t be friends with Tories because they’re “the enemy”.
The new shadow fire minister Karen Lee, who chairs the pro-socialist Cuba Solidarity Campaign, was roundly condemned last summer for wishing Fidel Castro a happy birthday on Twitter.
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She replaces sacked Chris Williamson, who was fired for calling for council tax to double.
Fellow leftie Dan Carden – a former top aide to union baron Len McCluskey, was appointed a shadow international development minister.
Lyn Brown, who had to replace Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary during her bout of illness on the eve of June’s General Election, was appointed a shadow Treasury minister.