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Commons misogyny made worse by government cover-ups, says Starmer

Downing Street has ‘ignored the issue or delayed robust action’ – and ‘a fish rots from the head’

A culture of misogyny and harassment in parliament has been worsened by the government’s repeated attempts to delay disciplinary action against misbehaving Tory MPs, Keir Starmer has argued, saying that “a fish rots from the head”.

Starmer said real change had to be “led and modelled from the top” when asked about new claims of abusive and sexualised behaviour by MPs following the resignation of Conservative backbencher Neil Parish for watching pornography in the Commons chamber.

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