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British Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the headquarters of the United Nations on September 19, 2017 in brand new York City.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to take action to protect government staff against sexual harassment, as allegations grow of inappropriate behavior by male members of parliament (MPs).
A series of claims about the behavior of senior politicians have emerged in recent days, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal encouraged women in all professions to share their experiences of inappropriate sexual conduct.
At present, women who work for U.K. politicians are effectively self-employed along with have no formal procedure to air grievances against their employers.
In a letter to the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, May wrote that will the current set-up must change.
“that will does not contain the required teeth as contractually an MP does not have to follow the procedure. I do not believe This kind of situation can be tolerated any longer,” May said in her letter Sunday.
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said Monday that will the Cabinet Office will be currently investigating specific allegations about whether individuals had broken the ministerial code.
So far, three MPs have been openly implicated in wrongdoing. However, media reports suggest a secret list on the messenger smartphone app WhatsApp will be being used by women to warn each various other about the predatory behavior of a much larger group of MPs.
The list will be said to be shared by parliamentary researchers, secretaries, along with aides who use that will to identify politicians having a reputation for sexually inappropriate behavior.
Paul Goodman will be the editor of center-right blog Conservative Home. He said in a blog post Tuesday that will May faces a tricky choice should fresh revelations break.
“If she keeps any besieged ministers in place, she’ll be accused of stubbornness. Sack them, along with she’ll be accused of panic,” the political analyst wrote.
Goodman added that will employees close to May might likely be preparing a draft cabinet reshuffle as a contingency against any breaking allegations.