FAWCETT RESPONDS TO RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST A CONSERVATIVE MP

Friday 7th August 2020

FAWCETT RESPONDS TO RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST A CONSERVATIVE MP

 

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of The Fawcett Society said:

"These allegations are extremely serious. As a first step the MP should have the whip removed pending full investigation. Failure to do so sends the signal that parliament is not serious about tackling issues of sexual harassment and assault.  

"Victims need to feel confident to come forward. Parliament has to move on from behaving like a members' club, regulating itself, that is why the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme has been introduced. But we must go further and strengthen the law to ensure that interns, volunteers and MPs and Peers are protected."

Fawcett joins forces with the TUC, Centenary Action Group and others to call for the MP suspected of rape to be suspended while a full investigation is carried out. As well as for legal changes and action from the parties to ensure Parliament is a safe workplace for all free from the threat of sexual assault and harassment.

Signatories Include:

Centenary Action Group
The Fawcett Society
TUC
Women’s Aid Federation of England
Prospect Union
PCS Union
FDA Union
Rights of Women
Unite
End Violence Against Women Coalition
Rape Crisis England and Wales

Read the full report 

Read Fawcett's 2019 report on sexual harassment in parliament here

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