British MP Charlotte Nichols claimed that there is a secret list of “around 40 MPs” which includes people known for “bullying or sexual misconduct”.
British MP Charlotte Nichols said there is a “culture of toxicity” within Westminster, where the house of Parliaments are (AFP photo)
By India Today Web Desk: A member of the British parliament has claimed that there is a secret list of “around 40 MPs” that women are told to steer clear of because they are the “most dangerous people” to be around.
Labour MP Charlotte Nichols told the BBC that she was warned never to be alone with any of the men on the “whisper list”, which includes people known for “bullying or sexual misconduct”.
“[I’ve been told] I should never accept a drink from himâ€¦ I should never get in a lift with him – and I should try to avoid as far as possible to keep myself safe,” Nichols said.
Without naming anyone on the list, which is not written down, Nichols mentioned that two of them had served as cabinet ministers.
“We all know [who they are] and nothing is done and they continue to walk around and do their jobs – and there’s that kind of culture of impunity on it,” she explained.
When asked if she felt “safe” doing her job in parliament, Nichols said she did not. She also said there is a “culture of toxicity” within Westminster, the seat of power in the UK where the houses of parliament and the Buckingham Palace are located.
Nichols’ revelations come in the wake of the resignation of Gavin Williamson from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet over alleged bullying of a senior civil servant. There were also allegations that Williamson sent expletive-laden messages to the former Conservative chief whip Wendy Morton.
Sex scandals and abuse of power are nothing new in the corridors of Westminster.
Significantly, ex-prime minister Boris Johnson was forced out of office following mass resignations by cabinet members after it emerged that Tory MP Chris Pincher had been given a senior role in his government despite the then PM being aware of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Pincher has denied the allegations.
Before that, in April, it was reported that more than 50 sitting MPs from across various parties are being investigated for sexual misconduct amid wider concerns about a toxic culture at Westminster.