Labour Party accused of having misogyny problem as MPs condemn Clive Lewis for ‘get on your knees’ comment 

20 Oct

Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “This is entirely extraordinary language on the part of an elected politician.

“Clive Lewis’ words are highly derogatory, offensive and completely inexcusable, and we, and the women in Mr Lewis’ constituency, have every right to expect our MPs to behave in a more professional manner.

“We need to see firm, robust and prompt action on the part of the Labour Party to make clear that there is no place for misogyny in the party.”

The furore comes after Labour Party members launched an investigation into sexual harassment and assault, asking female activists and members to share their experiences anonymously.

The Labour Too campaign urges Labour women to complain about male party members who have harassed them.

A Labour party spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party condemn the language used by Clive Lewis. It was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard we expect of Labour MPs.”

She said Labour Too was not an official Labour Party website, adding: “The party takes all complaints of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination extremely seriously.”

Mr Lewis, who has previously been spoken of as a future Labour leader, quit the frontbench earlier this year when he rebelled against Mr Corbyn and voted against triggering Brexit negotiations.

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