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Labour MP John Mann made the comments to the House of Commons' Standards Committee.

Labour MP John Mann made the comments to the House of Commons’ Standards Committee.

The possibility that MPs are sexually assaulting members of staff is a potentially serious issue – especially in the light of previous allegations of sexual offences by MPs.

There’s just one problem – the identity of the MP making the allegations.

John Mann made the baseless allegations of anti-Semitism against Ken Livingstone that led to the Labour left-winger’s suspension from the party as part of a power-grab by the right-wing of the party.

That attempt ultimately proved fruitless because of Labour Party democracy.

Now he is making claims about sexual assault, but providing absolutely no information about the basis for them.

How are we to believe him?

Is this merely another attempt at self-publicity by this limelight-seeker, that could do huge damage to legitimate investigations into sexual abuse?

MPs are sexually assaulting young researchers who feel they have nowhere to turn, an MP has alleged.

Labour MP John Mann told the House of Commons’ Standards Committee that sexual assault by politicians at Westminster is “a major issue”. He has called for a whistle-blowing service to be established to help victims come forward.

Speaking to the committee, Mr Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, said: “In here [Westminster] there are alleged sexual assaults by current members of Parliament and nowhere for people to go, or they don’t feel confident in going. That’s a major issue.”

He said: “Where there has been improper sexual behaviour in this building that I am aware of with members of staff by Members of Parliament, including in recent times, the last two years, and I have had complaints of that, the individuals do not feel comfortable or confident, working in a political environment, of raising that issue and explicitly did not want me to raise the issue and therefore potentially have them named.”

Source: MPs are sexually assaulting young staff members in Parliament, MP claims | The Independent

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