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Britain's May, party leaders agree to tackle sexual harassment with new measures

Britain's May, party leaders agree to tackle sexual harassment with new measures
From Reuters - November 6, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May and other party leaders agreed on Monday to introduce new safeguards for those working in parliament to try to contain a growing sexual harassment scandal.

Britains parliament is the latest institution to become embroiled in a sex scandal after abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein prompted thousands of women and men to share stories about improper behavior.

Allegations have been made against lawmakers in several parties, but the growing scandal is particularly damaging for May who, weakened after losing her Conservatives majority in June, cannot afford to lose any more parliamentary seats, especially when she is trying to negotiate a Brexit deal.

May told reporters on Monday the agreement with Jeremy Corbyn, head of the main opposition Labour Party, and other leaders to introduce a new grievance procedure and face-to-face human resources support was an important step forward.

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