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Friday 01 March 2019

Leversidge in the House: Parliament must act now on bullying and harassment

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It has been nearly five months since Dame Laura Cox published her inquiry, declaring that the House of Commons has a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence, in which bullying, harassment and sexual harassment have been able to thrive and have been long tolerated and concealed”.

In an article for the House Magazine, FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge explains that, as far as she can see, “nothing has changed”.

She writes: “Nine days after Dame Laura published her report, the House Commission agreed to implement her recommendations in full and without delay. We were jubilant. At long last, House of Commons staff, including all the brave women and men who spoke publicly and gave evidence to Dame Laura, had been listened to. 

“But here we are, months later and Dame Laura’s recommendations haven’t been implemented. This didn’t mark the start of a great change in the culture of the House – it has just showed the same culture of acquiescence and silence.”

Read the full article here.

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