Female staff at Westminster call out ‘sex pests’ on WhatsApp
Some MPs have been identified on a closed WhatsApp group as not safe to be around and too “intimate” provoking a huge scandal that could end up in resignations, reports Olivia Kemp
Some MPs have been identified on a closed WhatsApp group as not safe to be around and too “intimate” provoking a huge scandal that could end in resignations, reports Olivia Kemp
The WhatsApp group was set up to tell each other who to avoid and the experiences they have been through. A member of the group claimed to avoid getting into taxis as they have come across as very “hands on” and “touchy feely”. Another member of the group has allegedly been groped in a lift.
Sources have said that the first MP could potentially “be named and shamed” by the weekend. Some who have been accused have been named as ‘the usual suspects’ but there are a few who were a surprise.
The group has allowed women, including high-profile names, from across the country to speak out about their personal experiences with sexual assault/harassment.
Many women feel threatened in parliament and it hasn’t only just started happening, it has been happening for many years. Jess Phillips claims she was sexually assaulted by her boss in her early 20s before she came an MP.
Women in a profession this important and high up shouldn’t feel threatened in the workplace A conservative spokesman said: “If a serious allegation is raised we would immediately advise the individual to contact the police, we take all allegations very seriously.”