BBC contacts hundreds of MPs’ staff seeking harassment stories

Journalists from BBC Five Live’s political team have sent a survey to hundreds of Parliamentary staff seeking details of inappropriate behaviour.

The BBC has written to hundreds of Parliamentary staff asking them to name and shame MPs who are guilty of sexual assault or harassment.

Journalists from BBC Five Live’s political team have sent a survey to staff seeking details of inappropriate behaviour. They stress that the survey is anonymous. The letter also encourages employees to call the BBC’s political team directly and in confidence to report allegations of serious sexual misconduct.

Party managers on both sides of the House recognise the BBC has a journalistic duty to expose wrongdoing in Westminster. But some MPs claim the survey is one-sided because the questions are not designed to give a balanced view of how staff feel they are being treated.

Parliament is braced for further revelations about sexual harassment. Labour MP John Mann has warned there will be dozen of by-elections once the full extent of the problem is exposed.

Read the full survey here.

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