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Labour members call for party to tackle domestic violence

Candidates should be vetted, Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party says in motion

06 April, 2019

Rebecca Shirazi

LABOUR members in Hampstead and Kilburn passed a motion calling on the party to be better at vetting its future election candidates and local organising officers for any past history of domestic violence.

The constituency Labour Party voted on Thursday to “proactively” provide support for any member experiencing domestic abuse and make party events “safe and accessible”.

Its NEC should, according to the motion, be told to include domestic abuse in its code of conduct on sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Rebecca Shirazi, vice chair of campaigns, said: “Women in politics, in particular ethnic minority women, have to endure harassment and abuse, which deters talented women from getting involved in politics.”


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