Westminster scandal: 'Political culture has been influenced by shows like House of Cards'

Westminster scandal: 'Political culture has been influenced by shows like House of Cards'

Several allegations have come out against MPs

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Political culture has been influenced by people watching "far too much House of Cards and West Wing and all the rest of them," according to a former Labour advisor. 

Several allegations have been recently made against MPs over sexual harassment. Labour activist Bex Bailey also claimed she was raped at a party event and was told by a senior Labour official not to report the incident.

Kevin Meagher, a former Labour advisor and associate editor of Labour Uncut blog, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There's a culture we’ve got in politics frankly in the last 20 years or so where people have been watching far too much House of Cards and West Wing and all the rest of them, think this is how you do politics."

He claimed there is a "casual culture of kind of low level sexism, poor standards of behaviour [in politics], which I think that's very easy to fix. I think that's dead easy to fix.

"​I think basic standards of normalising political parties and Parliament as workplaces would be a massive massive step forward. If you think there's any HR consequence coming down the line I think people will behave​ themselves a lot better."

Meagher added: "We also need a culture where women in politics feel that there aren’t any consequences to frankly pouring a glass of red wine over somebody’s head, or a knee in the groin if needs be."

He also spoke about Bex Bailey's allegations and said "the advice should have been to Bex Bailey, we’ll help you, we’ll support you in taking this allegation to the police. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that that’s [allegedly] not happened."

Listen to the full interview above

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