MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Conservative Party revealed a new code of conduct on Friday amid claims of abuse and harassment by party members that have been circulating in and around the parliament lately.
Today we have published our new code of conduct for all Party representatives. https://t.co/498VlugxFv— Conservatives (@Conservatives) November 3, 2017
A dossier with the names of 40 Conservative lawmakers and ministers alongside notes of alleged inappropriate behavior has been shared among members of parliament, their staff, and some journalists in the last week.
The new code, posted to the Conservatives' website, urges party members to "take reasonable steps to ensure that people who wish to raise concerns about bullying, discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation by others feel able to do so, and know how to follow the complaints procedure set out in this Code."
The code also sets out a procedure for the investigation of a complaint with a hotline for reports of the breaches. Moreover, a special panel, appointed by the chairman, is expected to include "at least one independent person."
The Labour Party has also launched a probe into allegations of two of its MPs and made an attempt of adopting a special complaints procedure, albeit without an independent body for the investigation of the cases.
On Monday, Theresa May is going to meet Jeremy Corbyn as well as other opposition party leaders in order to discuss the possibility of introducing a new grievance system in the UK Parliament.