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Women at Scottish Parliament 'sexually harassed'

Aamer Anwar made the claim in the wake of allegations about MPs at Westminster.

Aamer Anwar: 'It's a catalogue of sexual harassment' (file pic).
Aamer Anwar: 'It's a catalogue of sexual harassment' (file pic). PA

A human rights lawyer says women working at all levels of the Scottish Parliament have been subjected to sexual harassment.

Aamer Anwar made the claims after allegations of inappropriate behaviour emerged about women MPs being harassed at Westminster.

He told the Sunday Herald he had spoken to "a number of women" about their treatment by men at Holyrood in the last two years.

He said: "It's a catalogue of sexual harassment, stalking, social media abuse, sexual innuendos, verbal sexual abuse, touching, sexual assaults, requests for sex, cover-up, isolation and bullying."

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MPs at Westminster have been accused of intimidating or propositioning young women inappropriately.

Speaking during the annual Unite conference in Scotland on Saturday, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said a culture of abuse "thrives in Westminster".

Mr Anwar said women at Holyrood had come to him about the same problem.

He added: "I have spoken to several individuals who have been subject to sexual harassment.

"This is not just a problem for one party. It is a problem for all parties.

'If any individuals were to witness or experience such behaviour, we would encourage them to report it.'
Scottish Parliament spokesman

A spokesman said the Scottish Parliament takes allegations of sexual harassment "very seriously".

"The parliament has robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any reports of sexual harassment in the workplace," they added.

"If any individuals were to witness or experience such behaviour, we would encourage them to report it."

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