Labour activist says she was raped and urged not to report it by party official


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Labour activist Bex
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  • Labour activist Bex Bailey says she was raped and urged
    not to report it by a party official.
  • Bailey revealed that she was raped in 2011 and told by
    a senior Labour official it could “damage” her career.
  • A Westminster staffer has accused an MP of badually
    badaulting her during a foreign trip.
  • The anonymous parliamentary aide said the matter was
    not taken seriously by the authorities.

LONDON — A Labour activist has said she was raped at a party
event and discouraged from reporting the attack by a senior
Labour official, who said it could “damage” her career.

Bex Bailey, 25,  a former youth member of Labour’s national
executive committee, waived her anonymity to reveal she was
raped in 2011 when she was 19.

She told BBC Radio 4’s “PM” programme on Tuesday that when she
attempted to report the incident two years later she was
discouraged by a senior Labour official.

Labour has launched an independent investigation into the
allegations and asked the police to look into the matter. Leader
Jeremy Corbyn said Bailey had shown “incredible bravery” in
speaking out.

She said she had been “seriously badually badaulted at a Labour
Party event by — it wasn’t an MP — but someone who was more
senior to me.”

After the incident, she had “tried to pretend it hadn’t happened”
and so did not report it to the police. She said: “I was scared,
I felt ashamed, I know that the Labour Party, like any family,
loves a good gossip – and I didn’t want people to know and I also
was worried that I wouldn’t be believed if I did.”

When Bailey attempted to tell a party official two years later,
she said: “It took me a while to summon up the courage to tell
anyone in the party, but when I did I told a senior member of
staff … it was suggested to me that I not report it.

“I was told that if I did it might damage me and that might be
their genuine view. It might be that that was the case, in which
case that shows that we have a serious problem in politics with
this issue anyway.”

Corbyn said Bailey had “shown incredible bravery by talking
publicly about what has happened to her and has my full support
and solidarity.”

Senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper told BBC Radio 4’s Today
programme on Wednesday morning: “We should have within the Labour
party a contract either with a charity, or with an independent
badual violence adviser, who could come in and provide that
support, so you have got somebody you can go and report to who
you know is not going to be a friend of the person who you might
be making the complaint about.

“I hadn’t known about Bex’s experience and obviously I wish I had
known to be able to support her at the time, because is obviously
an awful case. Part of the problem is you have got to be able to
have an independent reporting system as part of the process.”

Westminster researcher says she was badaulted by an MP

A Westminister staff member alleged that an unnamed MP badually
badaulted her during a parliamentary trip in 2016. The anonymous
woman said she had been forcibly held down on a hotel bed by
the MP.

Speaking to
The Guardian
, the staffer said she had attempted to report
the alleged incident to four different authorities including the
House of Commons authorities, the MP’s party and the
parliamentary commissioner but did not feel she was taken
seriously. The police said they were unable to formally
investigate because the incident took place abroad.

Calling Theresa May’s proposals for dealing with badual
harbadment in Westminster “inadequate,” she said: “Some of the
people who knew what happened to me are now being tasked with
fixing this broken system and those are the very people who in my
opinion at best turned a blind eye and at worst actively covered
it up.”

Describing what happened, the woman said: “He said: ‘Come and
talk to me while I pack my bag,’ and I honestly didn’t think
anything of it. I thought we had a very professional
relationship. There had been no indication of any flirting or
anything at all,” she said.

When they returned to his room, she alleged: “He basically pulled
me on to the bed and pushed me back, and tried to kiss me. I very
clearly said: ‘No, this is not what I want.’ He held me by my
shoulders and pushed me back again. On the third time, I managed
to push him off again and basically ran out the room.”

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts told MPs of
this incident on Monday. She said: “he is deeply disappointed and
distrustful, and she tells me that distrust is endemic.”


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