Help us end abuse, starting with Westminster

by Women's Equality Party in United Kingdom

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The Women's Equality Party urgently needs your support to ensure MPs who commit harassment or abuse can no longer represent you.

by Women's Equality Party in United Kingdom

Take a stand with us against abuse and harassment in Westminster

MPs can lose their seats for misuse of stationery, but not for sexual harassment or abuse. This is an outrage. The law must be changed so that MPs found guilty of abuse can be fired by their constituents, no exceptions.

The Women’s Equality Party has been campaigning for these crucial changes to the Recall Act for years, and we are about to make a huge breakthrough. Over the coming months Parliament will vote on whether to give you the power to fire your MP if they are found guilty of harassment.

We need to win the vote and we need to make sure it applies to all MPs, no exceptions.

Over the coming weeks we will be campaigning in Delyn, north Wales - the constituency of disgraced MP Rob Roberts. Rob Roberts harassed a member of his staff and was suspended from Parliament for six weeks, but now the suspension is over his constituents are powerless to get rid of him and he will continue to sit as an independent MP unless we take action.

We need your donations to step up our campaign and make sure the Tories can’t let him off the hook.

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The story so far...

In 2017 in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Westminster was shamed by the Pestminster scandal.

Over twenty Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum faced allegations of harassment and abuse, but political parties closed ranks and protected their own. We cannot end violence against women if the people in charge are allowed to get away with it.

The Women’s Equality Party has campaigned relentlessly to end abuse and harassment in Westminster, including through our ground-breaking 2019 general election campaign. WE targeted five MPs with unresolved allegations of abuse or harassment and all five stood down or lost their seats. With your support we can make sure that no MP gets away with it.

Just before Parliament broke for recess, amendments to the Recall Act were finally tabled. If this passes it means MPs found guilty of abuse or harassment by the independent process can finally be sacked by their constituents and recalled, triggering a by-election in that seat. But the government has tried to stop it being applied to historic cases, to protect their own MP Rob Roberts.

We urgently need your donations to help us keep up the pressure over summer so that when MPs return this cannot be kicked into the long grass. And to ensure that voters in Delyn have the power to recall Rob Roberts.

With your support we will:

  • Put up billboards and posters to raise awareness and drive support for recall
  • Launch a recall petition to remove Rob Roberts and stop the Tories protecting him
  • Brief MPs ahead of this crucial vote to make sure they vote the right way

We are the only party that has consistently campaigned to end abuse in Westminster. The huge success of our general election campaign was made possible by supporters like you. With your donation today we can finally get recall over the line.

How you can make change happen

If 100 people donated £25 we could print and deliver a leaflet to all Delyn constituents so that they know they can sign a petition to sack Rob Roberts.

Our record on Pestminster:

August 2019 - WE activists occupied Jared O’Mara’s office in Sheffield after he was accused of sexual harassment.

October 2019 - WE ran a spoof recruitment campaign for MPs highlighting the scale of abuse in Westminster and the lack of consequences.

October 2019 - WE stood four survivors of abuse against five MPs who faced allegations of harassment and assault in the general election - none of them returned to parliament.

October 2019 - WE staged a protest that successfully forced Mark Field, the Tory MP who grabbed a female protester by the neck, to resign.

November 2019 - WE got the Lib Dems to adopt our policies in their manifesto, agreeing to push for amendments to laws to give the public powers to sack MPs guilty of harassment.

May 2021 - WE stood domestic abuse campaigner and survivor, Gemma Evans, in the Hartlepool by-election after Labour MP Mike Hill stood down. A tribunal ruled he sexually assaulted and harassed a staff member multiple times. 

With your donations we can keep up the pressure so that MPs vote to end harassment and abuse in Westminster for good.

The legal bit...

As we're a political party we're required to run permissibility checks on donations over £500. These will be completed as you make your donation and therefore we can't accept anonymous donations.

If you give over £500 your details may appear in our election returns, and if you donate over £7,500 your name will appear on the Electoral Commission website. 

Published and promoted by Hannah Peaker on behalf of the Women's Equality Party at Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX.

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