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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:37 am on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Jess Phillips Jess Phillips Labour, Birmingham, Yardley 10:37 am, 13th December 2018

Thank you, Mr Speaker.

“She’s so cute. So sweet. I can’t wait to beat her.”

“Can she take a beating?”

Those are not my words, but the words of Andrew Griffiths while barraging two of his female constituents with thousands of sexual text messages. Last night, the Leader of the House’s party gave him and Charlie Elphicke the Whip back without any due process. What message does this send about how any process in this place can ever be trusted? I ask the Leader of the House to answer that question and also to tell me what matters more—political power or tackling victims of sexual harassment and abuse?