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MPs to debate report into harassment of parliamentary staff

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images MPs are to debate Parliament's response to the bullying and harassment of staff working in the Palace of Westminster.A scathing report last month by High Court judge Dame Laura Cox found lewd, aggressive and intimidating behaviour by MPs and senior staff had been "tolerated and concealed" for years.The Commons authorities are expected to set up an independent body, outside the control of MPs, to examine
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House of Commons bullying claims: One woman’s story

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'I've had staff shout in my face' MPs are set to debate a major report into bullying and sexual harassment in the House of Commons. But one junior member of staff, who says she has experienced just such a culture within Westminster, has little confidence that anything will change. "I think there's a kind of unspoken hierarchy between staff, [and that]
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Brexit: Top lawyers say another EU vote is ‘democratic’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Baroness Kennedy is among the legal figures supporting another Brexit referendum MPs have been urged to back another Brexit referendum by 1,400 of the UK's top lawyers. They have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to say that Parliament should not be bound by the 2016 vote."Democratic government is not frozen in time," the letter said.Labour peer Baroness Kennedy QC, former Court of
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EU plans post-Brexit London ’embassy’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The European Union plans to have a 29-strong team of diplomats in London to represent it after Brexit. It will be called a "delegation" - not an embassy - and will be part of the EU's foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service (EEAS).There will also be a mission with five staff in Belfast to oversee the implementation of the withdrawal agreement in Northern
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16 MPs receive free tickets from betting firms

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images At least 16 MPs have received free sports tickets from betting companies since the 2017 general election. A BBC analysis of parliament's register of MPs' interests has revealed that 13% of the £175,580 worth of sports tickets accepted by MPs came from betting companies, including William Hill and Ladbrokes.The analysis comes after Tracey Crouch resigned as sports minister and appeared to criticise politicians who have
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White, middle-class men still seen as ‘ideal’ MP candidates

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters White, middle-class men are still seen as the "ideal" political candidates, according to a survey of male and female MPs and women activists.Women seeking to be candidates in all parties are still asked about their marital status and children, the Fawcett Society study found.Some women reported being discouraged from putting themselves forward for selection because they had children.Race and gender were also barriers, the report added."A
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Metropolitan Police ‘still assessing’ whether Leave campaigns broke law

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Vote Leave is one of the groups fined by the Electoral Commission Police are "carefully" assessing more than 900 documents to determine whether or not crimes were committed by Leave campaigns during the EU referendum.Met Police chief Cressida Dick said they had received a "huge amount of material", which was being considered.It would be wrong to comment on whether a police inquiry would be