West­min­ster ha­rass­ment hot­line surge

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY JONATHAN CORKE

CALLS to a hot­line for West­min­ster staff to re­port ha­rass­ment and bul­ly­ing have rock­eted.

Com­plaints are ar­riv­ing at the rate of more than one every work­ing day.

When it was set up in 2014 there were 87 calls. It rose to 240 in 2016 and in the first 10 months of this year there were 238.

Labour MP Adrian Bai­ley said: “The in­crease may in­di­cate a rais­ing of aware­ness and con­fi­dence among vic­tims rather than an in­crease in ha­rass­ment. It does seem the prob­lem is not di­min­ish­ing.”

The scan­dal has seen a string of MPs ac­cused of mis­con­duct, while De­fence Sec­re­tary Sir Michael Fal­lon quit after ad­mit­ting his be­hav­iour fell “below high stan­dards re­quired”.

RE­SIGNED Michael Fal­lon

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