May urges reform of procedures to tackle Commons abuse

May urges reform of procedures to tackle Commons abuse

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May said she was “determined to protect staff who work for MPs” Theresa May has reacted to claims of harassment of staff by MPs by calling for new grievance procedures. In a letter to Commons Speaker John Bercow, the PM said the current House of Commons disciplinary regime lacked […]

Mark Garnier investigated by Cabinet Office over sex toy errand

Mark Garnier investigated by Cabinet Office over sex toy errand

Image copyright PA Conservative MP Mark Garnier is to face an investigation into whether he broke ministerial rules after he admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys. The international trade minister also confirmed calling her “sugar tits,” according to the Mail on Sunday, but he said it did not amount to harassment. The Cabinet […]

NHS Airbnb-style scheme ‘not ruled out’ by minister

NHS Airbnb-style scheme ‘not ruled out’ by minister

The idea of patients recuperating in Airbnb-style accommodation has not been ruled out, health minister Philip Dunne has said. Southend Hospital had been considering a trial where hospital patients could be discharged to people’s spare rooms. The hospital then distanced itself from the idea after it was criticised by politicians and health groups. But Mr […]

Bim Afolami: Tory MP claims Labour members trying to harass family

Bim Afolami: Tory MP claims Labour members trying to harass family

Image copyright Conservative Party Image caption Bim Afolami became an MP in June Labour has said it takes all complaints of harassment seriously following allegations by a Conservative MP. Bim Afolami said he had been told some Labour members in his Hitchin and Harpenden constituency were trying to harass his family. The MP suggested on […]

Gay men to receive Scottish government apology

Gay men to receive Scottish government apology

Image copyright Getty Images The first minister is to apologise on behalf of the Scottish government to gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences. Nicola Sturgeon will make the apology at Holyrood on 7 November to coincide with new legislation giving an automatic pardon to those affected. The legislation was promised by Ms Sturgeon when […]

Child maintenance bank account loophole to be closed

Child maintenance bank account loophole to be closed

Image copyright PA Parents will no longer be able to use a legal loophole to avoid paying child maintenance, under new laws to be brought in within months. If a parent owes maintenance, payment can currently be taken only from a bank account held solely by them. A “small minority” are avoiding payments by having […]

MPs who abuse women ‘must be held to account’ – Jeremy Corbyn

MPs who abuse women ‘must be held to account’ – Jeremy Corbyn

Media captionJeremy Corbyn said the abuse of women had been “normalised” in society MPs who abuse or sexually harass women “must be held to account”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. Mr Corbyn spoke out against “a culture where the abuse of women has often been accepted and normalised,” including at Westminster. Conservative MP Justine […]

Michael Gove apologises for ‘clumsy’ Weinstein joke on Today

Michael Gove apologises for ‘clumsy’ Weinstein joke on Today

Media captionMichael Gove makes a Harvey Weinstein ‘joke’ on the Today programme Michael Gove has apologised “unreservedly” after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. The environment secretary compared being interviewed by presenter John Humphrys with going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom. He added: “You just hope you emerge with your […]

‘Zero tolerance’ for MPs who abuse women – Jeremy Corbyn

‘Zero tolerance’ for MPs who abuse women – Jeremy Corbyn

Image copyright EPA MPs who abuse or sexually harass women must be “held to account”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will say later. M Corbyn will speak out against “a culture where the abuse of women has often been accepted and normalised,” including at Westminster. It comes as Downing Street described allegations of sexual harassment in […]

Hurricane Irma: Aid rule change to be considered

Hurricane Irma: Aid rule change to be considered

Image copyright PA Image caption Caribbean islands were hit by Hurricane Irma last month British overseas territories damaged by hurricanes could access aid in future under new plans, the BBC has learned. Some small Caribbean islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma last month were deemed too wealthy to qualify for aid. But on Monday […]