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Police Called To Investigate House Of Commons Rape Claim

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A House of Commons worker reported an alleged rape on parliament grounds to the Metropolitan Police last year, it’s been revealed.

The claim reportedly concerned an alleged assault on an anonymous employee who worked for an MP. Further details about the timing of the alleged incident are unclear.

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Scotland Yard confirmed to the Mail On Sunday that it had received a report of an alleged rape that occurred within the grounds of the parliamentary estate in Westminster, but added that after a preliminary review by officers a formal investigation was ultimately not launched due to ‘insufficient evidence.’

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Jenny Symonds, chair of the GMB union branch representing MP’s staff, said of the allegation ‘we are horrified to hear another rape has been reported on the parliamentary estate, ‘while also criticising the lack of a full investigation, saying the police’s approach did not provide ‘reassurance that this case or victim has been dealt with fully.’

The report comes days after Conservative MP Kate Griffiths waived her right to anonymity to make public a recent court judgement that found she had been raped by her husband, former Cabinet minister Andrew Griffiths.

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Griffiths told the Mail that she supported the publication of the findings to support other victims of domestic violence, claiming that to keep the judgement private would have been ‘failing every victim of abuse who placed their trust in me.’

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Several former parliamentary workers have spoken out about a culture of bullying and harassment within the commons, with one former staffer telling Insider that she felt ‘completely alienated’ after coming forward to report her own experiences.

‘Whenever I experienced sexual harassment, I never took it further. I never reported it officially because I did not — and still wouldn’t — trust the systems that existed, or rather didn’t exist,’ former Parliamentary staffer Tara O’Reilly said.

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Earlier this year another Conservative MP, Rob Roberts, had the whip suspended by his party after an independent investigation concluded that he had carried out acts of sexual misconduct, including sexually harassing one of his Parliamentary interns.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas

Topics: News, House of Commons, Metropolitan Police, Now, UK Politics

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    Police are called in to investigate a rape claim at the Commons as concerns about alleged sexual harassment and bullying grow

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