Responding to news reports that women in Scottish Parliament have been subjected to sexual harassment, Scottish Labour leadership contender, Richard Leonard said:
“There should be no hiding place for harassment. This isn’t just about Hollywood or Holyrood, this is about all workplaces. No industry should be above the toughest of scrutiny and no one should go to work feeling unsafe, harassed or abused.
“We’ve heard from women across the world and across industries speak out about the misogyny, abuse and harassment they have faced. The Scottish Parliament must make clear it has zero tolerance for this kind of culture.
“During Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Scotland, he made the welcome re-commitment to make Labour part of the solution. We need to end this culture that has tolerated abuse for far too long and I would urge anyone in the Party to make use of the reporting mechanisms that have been set up to provide dedicated advice and reporting: 07595 432542 and email firstname.lastname@example.org - Also the Presiding Officer in Scottish Parliament should investigate these allegations from Mr Anwar and I’ll be writing to Ken Macintosh to ask him to do so.
“In my manifesto launched last week, I have committed to redefining Hate Crime in Scotland so that it is widened to include Violence Against Women & Girls - to improve reporting and conviction rates, raise awareness of VAWG and send a clear message that gender based violence and crimes will not be tolerated in Scottish society.”