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‘Old boys’ still live: UK MPs ‘grabbed breasts, slapped buttocks and stroked thighs’ of staff reports “Pestminster” investigation

‘Old boys’ still live: UK MPs ‘grabbed breasts, slapped buttocks and stroked thighs’ of staff reports “Pestminster” investigation

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MPs behaved in ways which “fall far short of what we should expect of our elected representatives” a damning reporting into bullying and sexual harassment in the House of Commons has said. The independent inquiry by Gemma White QC found that staff faced an “unacceptable risk of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, at work”. While it said “most Members of Parliament treat their staff with dignity and respect” it described the problem of bullying and harassment as “sufficiently widespread to require an urgent collective response”. It said it had found evidence of “breasts being grabbed, buttocks being slapped, thighs being stroked and crotches being pressed/rubbed against bodies”. Staff who complain risk “career suicide” despite recent changes to the system in the wake of the #MeToo movement and Pestminster scandals. One staff member quoted in the report described their time working for an MP as “the most stressful and hostile period of my life. “My entire sense of…
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