Westminster harassment: I would've told sex pests 'oh get lost buster', says Edwina Currie

Westminster harassment: I would've told sex pests 'oh get lost buster', says Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie says those that don't speak up are complicit

Monday, October 30, 2017

Edwina Currie has told talkRADIO she was not aware of a sex pest culture in Parliament and if anyone tried to harass her she would have said "oh get lost buster' as she's not a "Victorian fainting woman."

Theresa May has said she will take action after it was claimed sexual harassment allegations have been made against 36 current Conservative MPs. She has asked Commons Speaker John Bercow to enforce new rules on the behaviour of MPs.

Former Tory MP Edwina Currie told Julia Hartley-Brewer that if there was a sex pest culture when she was an MP "I wasn’t aware of it" and said "maybe that I wasn’t aware because I grew up in Liverpool and I am not some kind of Victorian fainting woman."

She said: "If anybody had tried anything on with me that I didn't welcome I would’ve said 'oh get lost buster'."

Julia also added "I've certainly threatened to punch a now Cabinet minister in the face when he kept putting his hand on my knee" and he stopped.

Currie believes "if people don’t speak up or if they speak to somebody and the person in responsibility doesn’t do something about it then they're all complicit.

"You have to condemn sometimes the people around them that snigger or talk to Guido Fawkes or to the newspapers and don’t actually help people who’ve got an issue​."

However she also thinks there are some men "who are very clumsy at making a pass, their intentions are not entirely honourable but they're not bad people.

"I think men in the Commons in particular have got to be a little careful because that young lady flashing their eyes at them may be working for a newspaper."

Listen to the full interview above