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Tuesday 26 February 2019

Fawcett Society's Sexual Harassment in Parliament report: FDA response

Responding to the Fawcett Society’s report, Sexual Harassment in Parliament: Protecting MPs, Peers, volunteers and staff, FDA Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge said:

“The Fawcett Society’s report highlights the urgent need for Dame Laura Cox’s recommendations to be implemented in full. 

“The findings of her inquiry into the bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff were published over four months ago but we are yet to see the firm action the FDA has long called for. 

“In her report, Dame Laura condemned a culture of ‘acquiescence, deference and silence’ in the House. It’s clear that culture is still alive and well as, despite voting unanimously to implement Dame Laura’s recommendations in full, the House Commission has since done nothing to make this a reality. 

“The House Commission must stop dragging their feet and work with the FDA and House staff to finally implement a policy that is independent from MPs and allows past cases to be investigated. Only then can Parliament truly say it takes a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, harassment and sexual harassment of all kinds.”

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