Par­lia­men­tary stan­dards

The Week - - Letters -

To The Daily Tele­graph

As a woman who worked for an MP in Par­lia­ment 15 years ago, I lis­tened to Roger Gale, the Con­ser­va­tive MP, on the BBC’S To­day pro­gramme last Satur­day with ut­ter dis­may. To sug­gest that 15 years ago sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse were more ac­cept­able in Par­lia­ment shows a to­tal ab­sence of aware­ness.

Back then, the flood­gates were sim­ply more tightly closed, and we young women knew it. We made sure our bod­ies were cov­ered, avoided ever be­ing in a lift, cor­ri­dor or room alone with cer­tain no­to­ri­ous MPS, and re­mained silent when end­less re­marks were made about sex­ual con­quests and jokes shared about fe­male MPS. We knew im­plic­itly that we were pow­er­less in this boys’ club, and too of­ten felt like ob­jects or or­na­ments. If the tide is turn­ing on that cul­ture then it’s to be cel­e­brated, and Par­lia­ment will be all the bet­ter for it. Caro­line Robin­son, Sh­effield, South York­shire

To The Times

No min­is­ter has re­signed over the ap­palling neg­li­gence of the Gren­fell Tower tragedy; no for­mer min­is­ter will ap­par­ently ever be held to ac­count over the cover-up af­ter the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter; and Tony Blair will seem­ingly never be pun­ished for the dis­grace­fully mis­lead­ing dossier that took us into the Iraq war, which cost hun­dreds of thou­sands of in­no­cent lives and desta­bilised the Mid­dle East. And yet Michael Fal­lon’s hand touch­ing Ju­lia Hart­ley-brewer’s knee is enough to end the ca­reer of one of the few mod­er­ately com­pe­tent politi­cians in this Gov­ern­ment.

If Theresa May’s chaotic han­dling of Brexit and her lu­di­crous ap­point­ment of Boris John­son as For­eign Sec­re­tary have not al­ready made a laugh­ing stock of this coun­try, the ab­surd way in which Fal­lon has been forced to re­sign soon will. Stephen Porter, Lon­don

To The Times

The out­go­ing De­fence Sec­re­tary has re­signed as a min­is­ter be­cause he felt that he had not up­held the stan­dards of the armed forces. Should he not also have re­signed as an MP, or is he say­ing that the kind of be­hav­iour he is ac­cused of is ac­cept­able on the back­benches? Gary Rawl­in­son, Marl­bor­ough, Wilt­shire

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