Vara urges Parliament to ensure best practice is followed when dealing with workplace sexual harassment and bullying

30th October 2017

Following the Speaker's statement to the House of Commons on allegations of a culture of sexual harassment at Westminster, Shailesh Vara calls for best practice to be utilised and advice sought from external organisations as to how they deal with this problem.

Urgency is very important in how we deal with this issue. Nevertheless, will the Leader of the House confirm that it will not be dealt with simply by House officials and those working in the Palace of Westminster, but that best practice will be utilised and advice will be sought from external organisations as to how they deal with it? We need to get this right first time around.

Cross-party agreement and working closely with your office, Mr Speaker, are vital. Of course, the House officials themselves have some expertise in this area, but all ideas will be welcomed—bearing in mind, as a number of Members have said, that this is a very unusual workplace.

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