Labour backlash against Chris Williamson arrives at his front door

Posted On: 
23rd August 2017

The Labour backlash against Chris Williamson's suggestion that female-only train carriages could reduce the number of sex attacks has arrived at his front door.

The message pinned to Chris Williamson's door in Portcullis House.

Dot Commons has learned that angry colleagues have pinned a message outside his Commons office mocking his controversial idea.

The hastily-prepared piece of A4 says: "Woman? Sexually harrassed at work? How about working on your own floor? Sign up to this and other silly notions by emailing Chris.Williamson.MP@Parliament.uk."

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Speaking exclusively to PoliticsHome yesterday, shadow fire minister Mr Williamson said women-only carriages could help to create a "safe space" for female commuters.

Figures uncovered by the BBC last month showed that 1,448 sexual offences on UK trains were reported in 2016-17 – up from 650 in 2012-2013.

Mr Williamson said: "Complemented with having more guards on trains, it would be a way of combating these attacks, which have seen a very worrying increase in the past few years."

But the suggestion - which echoed an identical plan floated by Jeremy Corbyn two years ago - was attacked by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Jess Philips.

A report in 2014 by Middlesex University for the Department for Transport said bringing women-only carriages would be a "retrograde step" that "could be thought of as insulting, patronising and shaming to both men and women".