Westminster whistleblower: "MPs bully female staff, or treat them like their mums"

As a Freedom of Information request reveals that Parliament’s ‘harassment hotline’ receives just 31 calls, a former political researcher lifts the lid on real working life in Westminster, and explains why staff don’t want to speak out.

Earlier this year, Parliament launched a confidential phone line for Westminster staff to report allegations of bullying by MPs.

Now, a Freedom of Information request has shown that the ‘harassment hotline’ has received a mere 31 calls since launch.

But the real number of people who experience bullying or harassment is likely much, much higher. And, as a former Parliamentary researcher, I should know.

The only thing that surprises me is that 31 people bothered to call at all.

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