Spokesperson Calls for Review of Parliament’s Labor Practices Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

The Speaker of the House of Commons calls for a review of current working practices in Parliament.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said a review is “urgently needed” to examine the current structure by which MPs directly employ their staff.

It follows a series of allegations from MPs and staff of harassment and sexual misconduct across parliament.

Hoyle’s office said it was working with political parties and house officials to set up a “Spokespersons’ Conference” as soon as possible to consider the issues.

Made up of parliamentarians, the committee would review current working practices and conditions, take expert advice and consider whether there is a case for change.

Sir Lindsay said: “I take recent bullying and sexual misconduct allegations, comments and developments very seriously, so it is time we reviewed our employment practices, in particular whether it is right for individual MPs to be the employers of their staff. .

“The question is: should someone else, or an external body, employ the staff, as long as the deputy has the right to choose them?”

The mechanism was last used in 2008 to provide advice on parliamentary representation and requires approval by both the government and the chamber.

Hoyle hopes the conference will reach a cross-party deal and make recommendations to the chamber on a trade case.

Meanwhile, Dame Andrea Leadsom, the former leader of the House of Commons, has called for the creation of a human resources service.

It comes after Tory MP Neil Parish stepped down after two female MPs allegedly saw him watching porn on his phone on camera in the House of Commons.

He prompted leading Conservative MP Caroline Nokes to say that her party is institutionally sexist and that there was a “male rights” culture in the party.

Separately, there are reports that 56 MPs are currently facing investigations for sexual misconduct, including three cabinet ministers and two shadow cabinet ministers.

The Sunday Times has also outlined a number of allegations against MPs today, including a senior MP accused of repeatedly licking the faces of male investigators in parliamentary bars.

Other allegations include a Tory MP being sent an explicit photograph, known as a “dick picture” by a colleague, and another MP repeatedly warned about his use of prostitutes, according to the sources.

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