clear
Monday November 20th, 2017 6:07PM

UK leader calls for end to 'abuses of power' amid sex claims

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May called Monday for greater effort to stamp out "abuses of power" in public life amid what she called troubling allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in U.K. politics.

May and leaders of the other parties in Parliament agreed to set up a grievance procedure for everybody working in Parliament, and to replace an existing complaints phone line with a face-to-face service.

"I think if this hasn't happened to you it's difficult to appreciate the impact that being a victim of this sort of behavior can have — it simply has a lasting impact on people," May said after meeting Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders.

"And we need to do more to stop these abuses of power."

Since revelations emerged about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, researchers, staff and journalists working in British politics have begun to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by lawmakers and officials in Parliament. In several cases, they have accused political parties of failing to take action and even discouraging victims from going to police.

The claims have ranged from unwanted touching and suggestive emails to allegations of rape.

The scandal has already triggered the resignation of the country's defense secretary, an investigation of May's deputy and the suspension by their parties of several Conservative and Labour lawmakers.

Both May's Conservatives and the Labour opposition have set up new measures to deal with allegations of wrongdoing, but May has said she wants a cross-Parliament approach to provide consistency for all workers.

She said the fact that abuses "have taken place here at our seat of democracy should be a matter of shame for us all."

As allegations continue to emerge, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Sunday the torrent of abuse revelations marked a "watershed moment" in British politics and could result in a "clear out" of offenders.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP World News, AP Business
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest:Pastor's wife: daughter died with 'church family'
The wife of the First Baptist Church pastor says it gives her "a sliver of encouragement" that their 14-year-old daughter was surrounded by her church family when she died in the shooting
3:36PM ( 8 minutes ago )
From drugs to soaring rents, many paths lead to homelessness
From drugs to soaring rents, many paths lead to homelessness
3:35PM ( 9 minutes ago )
UK leader calls for end to 'abuses of power' amid sex claims
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for greater effort to stamp out "abuses of power" in public life amid what she called shameful allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in U.K. politics
3:25PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Lawmakers bicker over whether tax bill helps middle class
Republicans and Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee bicker over whether or not GOP tax cut legislation helps the middle class
2:57PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Argentina president places memorial flowers at NYC bike path
The president of Argentina has placed flowers at the New York City bike path where eight people _ including five from his country _ died in last week's terrorist attack
2:43PM ( 1 hour ago )
Police: Texas church attack stemmed from domestic situation
Investigators say Texas church attack stemmed from domestic situation
2:36PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Susan Linnee, ex-AP bureau chief in Madrid and Nairobi, dies
Susan Linnee, groundbreaking Associated Press bureau chief in Spain and Kenya, has died at age 75
12:38PM ( 3 hours ago )
On the streets, the eyes of the homeless reveal many stories
On the streets, the eyes of the homeless reveal many stories
12:26PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Texas church gunman had 3 guns; no carry license
The special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Houston says three guns have been recovered from the suspect in the deadly church shootings in Texas
12:25PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Online National News
Chris Christie's top deputy keeps him off the campaign trail
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's top deputy is running to replace him, but the governor has been nowhere to be seen on her campaign
1:50PM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Analysis sees tax hikes for 38M under GOP bill
The House Republican tax bill would mean 38 million Americans on average likely will face tax increases by 2023
1:46PM ( 1 hour ago )
Judge not ready to remove ex-Trump aides from house arrest
A federal judge says she's inclined to remove from house arrest two former aides to President Donald Trump's campaign now facing criminal charges
1:37PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
House GOP weighs repeal of health mandate in tax bill
The House tax-writing committee is kicking off debate on a 429-page GOP tax overhaul plan in hopes of having it ready for a vote by the full House next week
3:40AM ( 12 hours ago )
Brazile strains Dem unity ahead of key gov race in Virginia
Democrats are having trouble putting behind differences over the bitter 2016 election amid new revelations of a possible effort to replace Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee
3:29AM ( 12 hours ago )
Brazile stirs Dem party strife as bellwether gov race nears
Democrats are struggling to put the bitter 2016 election behind them as the party's current chairman and his predecessor bicker over Hillary Clinton's failed campaign
8:35PM ( 19 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Saudi Arabia says corruption probe detainees will face trial
Saudi Arabia's newly-established anti-corruption committee overseeing the arrests of top princes and officials said Monday that evidence of widespread corruption has been uncovered among "influential officials" and that trials will be held
1:24PM ( 2 hours ago )
Storms rip through East, Midwest; 2 dead in flooded home
Authorities say two people have died after a home flooded and partially collapsed in Pennsylvania during a severe storm with straight line winds and heavy rain
12:30PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Saudi probe says crimes uncovered, trials ahead
Saudi Arabia's newly-established anti-corruption committee overseeing the arrests of top princes and officials says evidence of widespread corruption has been uncovered
11:57AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Business
The Latest:Pastor's wife: daughter died with 'church family'
The wife of the First Baptist Church pastor says it gives her "a sliver of encouragement" that their 14-year-old daughter was surrounded by her church family when she died in the shooting
3:36PM ( 9 minutes ago )
From drugs to soaring rents, many paths lead to homelessness
From drugs to soaring rents, many paths lead to homelessness
3:35PM ( 10 minutes ago )
Trump: Texas mass shooting is about mental health, not guns
President Donald Trump says the mass shooting at a Texas church "isn't a guns situation" but rather a "mental health problem at the highest level."
3:12PM ( 33 minutes ago )
The Latest: Republicans and Democrats spar over tax bill
Republicans and Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee are bickering over whether or not GOP tax cut legislation helps the middle class
3:11PM ( 34 minutes ago )
Stocks inch up on chipmaker deal talks; oil hits 2-year high
US stocks are rising as oil prices jump to a two-year high on reports of tumult in Saudi Arabia and technology companies rise as investors consider potential deals among chipmakers
3:03PM ( 42 minutes ago )