British lawmakers could be expelled over sexual harassment

LONDON — The leader of Britain’s House of Commons said Thursday that tough new measures against sexual misconduct will be ‘‘a game changer for Parliament,’’ after a survey found one in five parliamentary workers had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in the past year.

Parliament has been hit by a wave of harassment allegations in recent months that resulted in the resignation of two members of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet.

A cross-party report released Thursday said Parliament should adopt formal procedures for dealing with complaints of sexual misconduct. It said ‘‘a change in workplace culture’’ is urgently needed and called for a new code of conduct with sanctions that could include the expulsion of lawmakers.


House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said the report ‘‘is a major step in bringing about the culture change that Parliament needs.’’

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Leadsom told lawmakers that ‘‘it is a right, not a privilege, to be treated with dignity and respect at work, and this ambitious report is a major step towards a safer and more professional environment.’’

associated press