Thursday 8 February 2018 / 8:00 AM Valerie Vaz

Valerie Vaz comments on the report of the cross-party working group into sexual harassment

Valerie Vaz MP, Labour’s Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, commenting on the report of the cross-party working group into sexual harassment, said:

“Labour welcomes the report as an important first step to putting procedures and safeguards in place to deal with bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment in Westminster.

“When the working group formed, Labour called for the immediate establishment of an independent specialist advisor on sexual harassment. Although we would like this to have been put in place sooner, we are pleased it is included in the report and hope it will be implemented as quickly as possible.

“Labour will be advocating that relevant bodies do their utmost to ensure the group’s recommendations are put into place as a matter of urgency. This includes mandatory training for MPs, Lords and staff on consent, equalities, tackling bullying and harassment, and trade union recognition, to ensure staff are able to collectively raise grievances and lobby for changes to rules and procedures.

“There is more to do to tackle pervasive prejudices and unacceptable behaviour in Westminster which has gone unchallenged for far too long. But today’s report makes an important start. We will continue to work with all parties to ensure we develop the most robust procedures possible in Parliament.”