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Victorian MP resigns amid assault allegations

A Victorian MP has resigned from the Parliamentary Labor Party following an allegation of “serious assault” involving a Government employee, Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed.

In a statement from the Premier, which doesn’t name MP Will Fowles (pictured), Mr Andrews said the allegation had been referred to Victoria Police.

“Late in the afternoon on Thursday 3 August, the Government was advised of an alleged incident that occurred during that week,” said Mr Andrews.

“My office made further inquiries over Friday 4 and Saturday 5 August and has now received information from a government employee about an alleged serious assault by the Member for Ringwood.”

He said Victoria Police were made aware of the allegation on Saturday evening.

“[Saturday night] I also sought and received the Member for Ringwood’s resignation from the Parliamentary Labor Party,” said the Premier.

“The complainant has been and will continue to be supported and their privacy should be respected.

“The wellbeing of staff and their right to a safe workplace is not negotiable,” he said.

Victoria Police have not yet commented on the allegation made against Mr Fowles.

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