Yardley MP Jess Phillips spoke out in the statement to the House on harassment and abuse in Parliament.
Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House of Commons, gave an oral statement to the House on the steps that were being taken to address harassment and abuse in Parliament.
Jess spoke out in the statement to urge for there to be a specialist sexual violence service in place in Parliament and for the process to extend to people who use to work here, acitivists and journalists.
Jess Phillips MP said:
“I welcome the Leader of the House’s statement, although I notice from having quickly read through it, as well as having listened to it, that it does not use the term “sexual harassment” once. I therefore support what the shadow Leader of the House said in encouraging the Leader of the House to ensure that there is a specialist sexual violence service that gives advice to the working group and is in place for people in this place afterwards. I urge that mediation in cases of sexual harassment is never appropriate.
Employees have been put into this process in the round, but what if a person who used to work here wants to make a complaint against a Member of Parliament? What if an activist in a political party wants to make a complaint here through Parliament? What if a journalist who is not a passholder wanted to make a complaint? All the complaints we have seen so far speak to what I am asking here; where would they go in this new system?”