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‘Radical’ reform is needed to working practices in the House of Commons, the Speaker of the House has urged, following a series of accusations of intimidation and sexual misconduct against MPs.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s call for urgent action comes as a Tory MP Neil Parish resigned from his post after admitting to watching pornography in a ‘moment of madness’ in the Commons on two separate occasions.

In his call for change, Mr Lindsay suggested that individual MPs should no longer be the employers of their staff, adding that “some serious allegations have been made”.

He also said he was considering switching to an outside body employing assistants because Parliament’s reputation would have sunk to a new low.

The Sunday Times has suggested former business secretary Andrea Leadsom could work with the president.

The newspaper quoted her as saying: “Things haven’t changed and that’s because there aren’t enough cases coming in and investigations are taking too long to complete.

“It’s only when you see people being killed for being blind drunk and facing appropriate punishments that people will start to think twice about their behavior.”

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Writing in The Observer, Sir Lindsay explained his view, saying “it’s time” for a review of working practices.

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President Sir Lindsay Hoyle has called for ‘radical’ reform
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“In my opinion, it is time to consider radical action and review the structures and processes that could make a difference,” he said.

“Some serious allegations have been made, and we need to address them urgently. It is imperative that we do the right thing for staff and MPs as well.”

Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden has reportedly told the Sunday Telegraph that half of the party’s MPs elected in the next election will be women as he aims to bring about change to tackle Westminster’s foolishness.

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“Licking the Faces of Searching Men”

In recent weeks, several damning allegations plagued the Commonswith 56 MPs allegedly accused of sexual misconduct.

At least three Cabinet ministers are believed to be among parliamentarians who have been referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievance System over the allegations.

According to the Sunday Times, a senior MP has been accused of repeatedly licking the faces of male researchers in parliamentary bars.

A former government adviser also alleged that the same MP groped them several years ago and behaved inappropriately towards one of their friends while they slept, the newspaper added.

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He also claims a minister was accused of having “noisy sex” in his parliamentary office.

What else happened in the Commons?

Earlier this week Labor MP Liam Byrne was found guilty of ‘ostracizing’ a former aide after a desk dispute and is now set to be suspended from the Commons for two days.

It came after David Warburton had the Tory whip removed following allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use against him.

David Warburton MP for Somerton and Frome
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David Warburton had the Tory whip removed amid allegations of sexual harassment and drug use

Complaints about the MPs for Somerton and Frome are currently being heard by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance System (ICGS).

And former Tory MP Imran Khan has resigned after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

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