Women and Political Office

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th March 2018.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister without Portfolio , Party Chair, Conservative Party 12:00 am, 28th March 2018

My hon. Friend makes a very important point, and he is right. Sadly, it is noticeable that abuse on social media is particularly directed at women. We recently enacted the Digital Economy Act 2017 to help ensure that online abuse is effectively tackled through a robust code; but ultimately, as political parties, we have our bit to do to make sure we give people protection online—robust debate but with respect—and it is very sad that the Labour party has failed to live up to that by bringing forward its own respect pledge.