Stamping out harassment

As the Sunday papers were published this morning, there are yet more disturbing stories about sexual harassment in Westminster, in Holyrood, and in politics more widely.

Harassment of this kind is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances, and Liberal Democrats will work across parties to stamp it out.

I want to see a political system in which everyone is represented, and political institutions – from Parliament down to every local authority – that reflect the society they serve. It is absolutely crucial to this ambition that everyone feels they are in a safe and professional environment when they get involved, stand for political office and get elected.

Likewise, the dedicated staff who work in politics at every level must be able to speak out if politicians abuse their positions of power.

On Monday, I will meet the Prime Minister and other party leaders at Downing Street, to discuss how we ensure past abuses are not repeated. I will recommend that the other parties adopt similar processes to our own, and also listen for what we can learn from elsewhere.

Additionally, I support the development of a non-partisan route by which abuse can be reported directly to the parliamentary authorities. Plainly, where any form of assault has taken place, these should also be reported to the police immediately.

I will do all that I can, across party lines, to ensure politics is a place where everyone can get on and make a difference for their community and for our country.

Vince Cable
Leader of the Liberal Democrats

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