After the porn scandal: sexism debate sparked in the British House of Commons – Panorama – Society

The British Parliament is currently facing accusations of sexism. A Conservative MP is said to have watched porn on his mobile phone in the UK Parliament chamber. Tories’ Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris announced on Wednesday an inquiry into the “completely unacceptable” behavior.

According to information from the newspaper “Daily Mirror”, the accused is a member of the government. A cabinet colleague sitting next to him witnessed the incident and reported it, the paper reported.

The Sun newspaper wrote that shocked MPs had called on Heaton-Harris to throw the MP out of the group. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said sexual misconduct was grounds for dismissal. Misogyny has no place in Parliament, Johnson said in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Sexist allegations against the opposition’s deputy leader

There is currently a debate raging in Britain about sexism in politics. The Mail on Sunday had reported that several Conservative MPs would accuse the deputy leader of the opposition Labor Party, Angela Rayner, of distracting Johnson during the weekly questioning of the prime minister by deliberately crossing her legs while sitting opposite him.

Johnson sharply criticized the anonymous statements and expressed his support for Rayner. It was also announced on Sunday that three members of the government and dozens of other members of parliament had been reported to an appropriate supervisory body for alleged sexual harassment.

Reports are piling up: Minister calls for cultural change

At a high-level crisis meeting on Tuesday evening, several Conservative MPs described their experiences with misogyny in the Parliament, as the “Sun” reported. A spokeswoman for Johnson has dismissed allegations that the Tories have a sexism problem.

Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, on the other hand, believes that a culture change is necessary. “I think it’s a general culture problem in the House of Commons,” Wallace told Sky News on Thursday. With its long nights of meetings and the bars on the premises, there have been “behavioural problems” there for decades.

“There is no place for pornography in any workplace,” emphasized the conservative politician. It is important to think about how the culture in Parliament can change.

Allegations of sexism have also been raised in the German Bundestag in the past. (dpa)

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