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Encourages change in Westminster’s culture after MPs step down to watch porn

Senior British MPs have called on Parliament to strengthen its human resource practices following the latest wave of harassment and behavioral charges in Westminster.

Neil Parish, a Conservative MP and chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was forced to leave parliament after admitting he had seen pornography twice in the House of Commons.

A series of separate revelations from female MPs over the past week of sexual harassment from colleagues have prompted renewed calls for a cultural change in Westminster.

British International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in an interview with LBC radio that she had been “strung up against a wall by a male MP” and that all women in Parliament had been subjected to “wandering hands”.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaking for the Commons, supported calls for “radical action” to reform Parliament’s working methods. One of Hoyle’s proposals is that the staff of Members of Parliament be employed directly by Parliament.

Dame Andrea Leadsom, a former head of the Commons, said Parliament should have a formal human resources department, arguing that the Independent Complaints and Complaints System, which last year investigated 15 MPs for bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct, was not strong enough.

“The problem has been that the ICGS has not been able to hire enough specialized investigators, and that has meant that many of the investigations have taken too long,” she told The Sunday Times.

“This means that only a small number of cases have gone through the system, but I am convinced that once that number increases and MPs see that there are serious consequences for their behavior, then the culture will change.”

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has supported Hoyle’s proposal to look at whether MPs’ staff should be employed directly by parliament.

But Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary, said on Sunday that houses of parliament were not dangerous places to work, but acknowledged that there were some “bad apples” among MPs.

“It’s a lot like when people say, ‘Oh yeah, there are a lot of racist people in this country, so that means the whole country is racist.’ It does not follow,” he told the BBC. apples. There are people who have behaved very badly and they should be held accountable. “

Sir Keir Starmer, Labor leader, argued that the Conservative Party needed to lead the cultural change. He told Sky News that when faced with problems, “their first instinct is to push it out into the long grass”.

Starmer added: “It is a political problem because a fish is rotting from the head and there must also be political leadership in this area. And we have not yet seen that from the Conservative party.”

Oliver Dowden, chairman of the Tory party, has promised that half of its MPs will be women after the next election. He told the Sunday Telegraph that the candidate list would be updated to ensure it “reflects the fact that half the population are women”.

Meanwhile, the Tories are gearing up for a difficult mid-term election in Devon constituency Tiverton and Honiton to replace Parish. Although the seat has a majority of 24,239 and has only ever returned Conservative MPs, some party officials are concerned that the Liberal Democrats could pose a threat.

A Conservative party official said: “We have a large majority, but the Lib Dems have traditionally been strong in that part of the world. Given the circumstances, that could be difficult.”

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