Theresa May to tackle allegations of Westminster misconduct
A lot of these MPs make or break your career. It definitely happened to me at the age of 21. Somebody lunged at me on a regular basis.
– Ayesha Hazarika, former Labour advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband
Prime Minster Theresa May has called for tougher rules to protect the staff of MPs in the wake of reports of abusive and inappropriate behaviour in Westminster.
In a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow yesterday, the PM said the current disciplinary regime needed a drastic overhaul as it did not have the 'required teeth'.
On Sunday, The Mirror claimed that nine MPs and three ministers - plus a leading member of the Labour party have been accused of inappropriate behaviour. International Trade minister Mark Garnier is to be investigated over a possible breach of ministerial rules after he admitted to asking a former secretary to buy sex toys.
Over the weekend it also emerged that female staff at Westminster have been sharing stories of abuse via a Whatsapp group.
Ayesha Hazarika, former Labour advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband, admitted she had witnessed inappropriate behaviour as a 21 year old at the start of her career.
Ayesha said: "A lot of men at Westminster are away from their wives, it's a late-hours culture, there is a lot of subsidised booze and a lot of women in much more junior positions. Some men don't think what they are doing is wrong. They think it's a perk of the job."
Katie Perrior, former Downing Street Director of Communications, shared her thoughts on Theresa May's thinking, telling Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley: "If the Prime Minister found out there were any assaults going on she would not sit back. I've never witnessed a Prime Minster who would be willing to put up with that behaviour."