Monday 5 March 2018 / 6:05 PM Humanitarian Work / Kate Osamor

Kate Osamor responds to previously unreported cases of sexual misconduct within DFID

Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Secretary, commenting on the announcement by the Department of International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary that there are 14 previously unreported cases of sexual misconduct within DFID that stretch back to 1995, as well as an unspecified number of live cases, said:

“It is unacceptable that a month after the story of sexual exploitation in the aid sector first broke, DFID are still unable to give the clarity and assurance we need and can’t confirm whether all cases of sexual misconduct have been reported to the relevant authorities.

“Last week, Harriet Baldwin had to correct false information she had provided to Parliament on the number of cases within DFID.

“Over the weekend, we learned that Penny Mordaunt has only just written to hundreds of private contractors to seek assurances and subject them to the same level of scrutiny as charities.

“The Secretary of State needs to quickly get DFID’s own house in order, come clean with the British public, and hold her Department and its private suppliers to the same standards we expect of charities.”