MPs who bring prostitutes into Parliament could be dumped under new code of conduct

Posted On: 
12th August 2018

MPs could be sacked if they bring prostitutes into Parliament under the new Commons code of conduct.

MPs who bring sex workers into Parliament could be sacked under new rules
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Politicians who pay for sex while “acting in their parliamentary capacity” could be kicked off the green benches after MPs approved a new set of rules aimed at cleaning up Westminster.

The scheme, devised by a cross-party steering group led by Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, was developed in the wake of the bullying and sexual harassment scandal which rocked Parliament last year.

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The new rules would mean MPs who pay for sex while engaged in any activity related to their parliamentary duties would face disciplinary action, including the withdrawal of their parliamentary passes or the starting of recall procedures, which could see them forced to resign their seats to fight a by-election.

The new complaints and grievance policy advises MPs that “although it might not be illegal pay for sex, in line with best practice it is considered unprofessional, inappropriate and a breach of the behaviour code.”

In 2014, Conservative MP Mark Menzies was forced to deny claims made by a Brazilian rent boy who alleged that the pair had met for sex in Westminster.

Mr Menzies insisted that nothing “untoward” had happened while on the Parliamentary estate, but decided to resign from his role as a ministerial aide in the wake of the incident.