May calls for end to sexual harassment in politics
Proposes a set of rules to protect staff of lawmakers, and orders an inquiry into Garnier
UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, said sexual harassment among top politicians can’t be tolerated any longer as she battles to control the fallout from claims of inappropriate behaviour in Parliament.
May proposed a set of rules to protect staff of lawmakers and ordered an inquiry into Trade Minister Mark Garnier, who’s facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour. In an illustration of how deep the problem may go, more than three dozen Tory lawmakers, including senior cabinet ministers, were named on a list being circulated at Westminster detailing the allegations.
May is “deeply concerned at the recent media reports regarding the alleged mistreatment of staff by some members of parliament,” her spokesman, James Slack, told reporters in London yesterday.
May is trying to seize the initiative to stop the furore over the claims of sexual harassment from destabilising her government.
On Sunday, she wrote to the speaker of the House of Commons demanding a new disciplinary regime to deal with unwanted behaviour by lawmakers toward aides and colleagues.
Yesterday, Slack said, she sat alongside the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, to update lawmakers on the next steps.