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A minister's suggestion that MPs should avoid bars to get away from Westminster's sexist culture has triggered a backlash.
Speaking to Times Radio, defence minister Ben Wallace left some listeners with their eyebrows raised after he said politicians should go home after the working day to reduce the “poisonous” culture of inappropriate and sexist behaviour in the commons.
He said: “The fundamental problem of Westminster is the overall culture that hundreds and hundreds of people are working long hours in a place with bars and that mix becomes poisonous.
“We’ve seen fights, we’ve seen sexist comments, we’ve seen propositions…my advice to any MP is actually avoid the bars. Finish a day’s work and go home.”
His intervention comes amid accusations that an unnamed Tory MP recently watched porn in the house of commons. Meanwhile, 56 MPs are under investigation for sexual misconduct.
My advice to MPs is \n\u201cDon\u2019t sexually harass people\u201d.\n\nIt\u2019s not the bars that cause these issues. It\u2019s an entire power-obsessed, misogynistic culture fuelled by the knowledge that perpetrators will face next to no repercussions. @WEP_UK #Pestminsterhttps://twitter.com/los_fisher/status/1519566998899933186\u00a0\u2026
— Dr Hannah Barham-Brown (@Dr Hannah Barham-Brown)
The perverse idea that it\u2019s the drinking, the long hours, the circumstances etc etc that lead to sexist behaviour is the problem. What\u2019s really happening is predatory men use them as an excuse to prey, harass and bully in a way they can\u2019t in the sober daylight.https://twitter.com/los_fisher/status/1519566998899933186\u00a0\u2026
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace this morning: \u201cMy advice to MPs is: avoid the bars. Finish your day\u2019s work & go home.\u201d\n\nDefence Secretary Ben Wallace last night:pic.twitter.com/zbQ9UQruLf