When he was initially elected, a UK parliament member claimed that he was’regularly stroked up’ by prominent gay MPs.
As allegations about an alleged culture of misogyny and bullying emerge in Westminster, Chris Bryant, the chair of the standards committee, claims that he was targeted in the early 2000s by at least four unknown male gay MPs who kept their sexual orientations hidden.
He claims, however, that he never made an official complaint about the incidences because he didn’t want to ‘become the story.’
Speaking to LBC, the British politician said: ‘I remember when I came in, in 2001, I was regularly touched up by older, senior gay – they weren’t out – MPs.
‘I never felt I was able to report it because you end up being part of the story, that’s the last thing you want. I think a lot of women have been through that.’
‘I can think of four MPs… I was shocked at the time… none of them are out of course. I think that now if anybody would do that I would be absolutely robust. I would call the person out immediately and I would make a complaint.’
Mr Bryant’s disclosure comes after the Conservative Party’s Neil Parish was forced to resign after admitting he watched porn in the House of Commons.
A total of 56 MPs are facing allegations of sexual misconduct including three members of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet, it was reported on Monday, May 2.