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

Gulf News - - Europe / United Kingdom -

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.

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