Yardley MP Jess Phillips spoke out in the Urgent Question on 'Sexual Harassment in Parliament' to urge the Government to take strong action.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"I welcome what has been said here today, and I look forward to working with you, Mr Speaker, on the reference group on this issue. As I rushed in here for this statement, I overheard two male colleagues walking through the halls wittering about a witch hunt that was going on in Parliament. We in this building must think of this not as a party political thing, but as something that absolutely has to happen. We should not just cheer when one of our opponents is the person getting attacked; we should cheer when everybody is bang to rights."
"Will the Leader of the House touch—she did not mention this when she outlined what she and the Government felt needed to be done—on what she believes should happen to perpetrators of this crime? Good referral lines and support for victims are obviously things that I support, but the fact of the matter is that nothing hurts a victim more than watching a perpetrator getting away with it."