Julia Hartley-Brewer vs Jane Merrick: 'Is it Parliament's job to investigate what happens in the bedroom?'

Julia Hartley-Brewer vs journalist Jane Merrick: 'Is it the job of the Parliamentary authorities to investigate what happens in the bedroom?'

Julia Hartley-Brewer had a heated argument with Jane Merrick

Monday, November 6, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer had a heated debate with journalist Jane Merrick over what political parties should do with allegations of sexual assault when no conviction has been given.

A former Conservative Party activist, named "Amanda" has claimed the the Commons clerk and leader of the House ignored her claims about a rape. Labour activist Bex Bailey also claims he tried to report an alleged rape but a senior member warned her it could damage her career if she did.

Journalist Jane Merrick, who accused Michael Fallon of lunging at her while working for the Daily Mail, criticised both parties for not doing "anything about it" and claimed Amanda at least deserved a response.

But Julia Hartley-Brewer questioned "what [is the party] supposed to do about somebody who’s not been convicted of a crime?"

Merrick responded "just because somebody hasn’t been convicted of a crime doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be looked into."

Julia also suggested that if she hadn't got a response like Amanda "I’d have gone back again and I’d put it in writing and insist on having a response but she didn't do that...I’m not criticising her at all.

"I still don’t know what we think the response should be unless, every time a woman points a finger at a man who’s not been convicted of any crime in a court of law, we’re just going to throw them out of a job."

The journalist hit back by saying "there was no response at all, that is the point."

However Julia argued "is it the job of the parliamentary authorities...is it their job to investigate what happens in a political activist's or political researcher's bedroom after hours? I don’t think it’s talkRADIO’s business what happens in my bedroom, consensual or otherwise."

The talkRADIO also said while what Bailey was allegedly told "was awful, but she believed it, and she acted on it, that was her choice."

Listen to the full interview above

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