Tribunal hears claims of sexual assault and harassment against ex Hartlepool MP

Mike Hill was Labour MP for Hartlepool until March this year Credit: Parliament

An employment tribunal has heard claims of sexual assault and harassment against former Hartlepool MP Mike Hill.

Mike Hill - who became Labour's member for parliament for Hartlepool in June 2017 - resigned in March this year, triggering the high-profile by-election that took place last week.

The tribunal, which started on Monday, May 10, is taking place via videolink due to the pandemic.

It relates to claims made by a woman, referred to as Ms A to protect her anonymity, who worked at Westminster.

In her witness statement, she alleges that Mr Hill sexually harassed her over a prolonged period of time, and sexually assaulted her on two occasions. 

She also claims that he victimised her as a result of her rejecting his advances.

The statement goes on to say that what she experienced continues to have a profound psychological impact on her.

Mr Hill denies the allegations against him.

The tribunal is due to continue until next week.