SUCCESS! MP debates on harassment cases ruled out
Yesterday, 23rd June 2020, Parliament became a safer place for those working there through the introduction of an external and independent panel to address bullying and harassment of Commons staff, as was recommended by Dame Cox’s inquiry over two years ago.
We are also delighted that Chris Bryant's amendment to stop MPs from being allowed to debate cases also passed by 5 votes! The amendment was supported via a letter coordinated by Centenary Action Group and signed by over parliamentary staff, activists and women’s rights organisations. This is a great win for all who spoke out and sends a clear message that claims of bullying and harassment in the workplace must be dealt with independently.
Both women and men must be able to exercise their right to take part in politics without fear of bullying, abuse and sexual harassment. Yesterday’s vote has taken us a step closer to achieving this right.