Let's end abuse. Let's start with Westminster.
Violence and harassment have no place in Parliament. Constituents should have the power to trigger a by-election where their MP has assaulted someone.
In the last two years, more than 20 MPs have been accused of committing acts of aggression, harassment or assault against women while in public office. Not one of them has lost their job as an MP.
The lack of accountability in Westminster is unacceptable. At a time when one in five people working there has reportedly experienced harassment, this failure to act on unacceptable behaviour sends a strong message that politics is not for women.
It is vital that constituents be given greater powers to hold their representatives to account when they are found guilty of harassment or abuse. The public should be able to send the message loud and clear that violent men do not represent us.
Sign our petition to demand the right to recall MPs accused of violence and harassment
I am calling on the Government to grant constituents the power to recall MPs in all cases of violence or sexual harassment.
Kelvin Hopkins MP was accused of sexual harassment and assault by a young Labour activist . These allegations were made almost two years ago and Kelvin Hopkins has continued to act as an MP whilst under investigation by the Labour party.
Dozens of MPs faced allegations of harassment or abuse during the 2017 ‘Pestminster scandal’ - not one of them lost their jobs. Victims cannot get justice unless powerful men are held to account for abuse. Despite the seriousness of the allegations against Kelvin Hopkins, the internal Labour party investigation has still failed to conclude almost two years later.
Voters should be empowered to recall MPs who are found guilty of violence or harassment by an independent process. If the old parties won’t hold MPs to account then WE will.
Sign our petition to demand that politicians are held accountable for their actions.