Sleaze-hit Parliament to hold conference to try to end Pestminster scandal


SLEAZE-hit Parliament is set to hold a special conference to try to finally end the Pestminster scandal.

Despairing MPs want a radical overhaul of how Parliament works after a string of sex assault and sleaze controversies rocked Westminster.

Sleaze-hit Parliament is set to hold a special conference to try to finally end the Pestminster scandal

No10 is understood to be on board with a plan to host a ‘Speaker’s Conference’ in Parliament to discuss changing HR processes to better protect political staffers.

The government is expected to table a motion calling for the conference within days.

Earlier this week, HOAR revealed that a Tory MP has been arrested for historic allegations of rape and sexual assault.

It came just weeks after Tory Neil Parish quit after being caught watching porn in the Commons after looking for a tractor website.

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Around 15 MPs are understood to be under investigation by the parliamentary authorities for allegations of sexual misconduct.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle wants the conference to look at changing HR processes so staffers are employed by an outside body rather than MPs directly.

He reckons this will make it easier for those bullied or harassed by their bosses to blow the whistle on the bad behaviour.

Despairing MPs are worried that Parliament will be seen to have descended into a new era of 1990s style sleaze unless urgent action is taken.

One MP told HOAR: “It just feels like one appalling thing after another at the moment.

“You wake up each morning and think — when is it going to end?” But some MPs have warned against overhauling the system, which they fear will strip politicians of the ability to recruit their own staff.

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