More than half of MPs want sexual consent training

More than half of MPs are in favour of sexual consent training (Getty)

More than half of MPs think Commons staff need training on sexual consent.

A survey has found that 56% of MPs think Commons workers would benefit from training on consent.

The survey, which questioned 150 MPs and 191 parliamentary staff, follows allegations of sexual harassment in Westminster, including allegations about Theresa May’s deputy Damian Green and Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary.

Both Green and Fallon denied the claims and resigned.

The survey, conducted by ComRes, found that 56% of MPs were keen for consent training, while 25% opposed the suggestion.

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Of researchers that were questioned, 54% were in favour and 29% opposed consent training.

Following a cross-party report into harassment and abuse in Westminster, an updated procedure on complaints against MPs and the way they are investigated was recommended.

The move comes as 43% of staff who work for an MP or peer have concerns they would lose their job if they reported their boss was sexually harassing them.

Almost a quarter (24%) said sexual was rife in Westminster and 59% of those surveyed said they found employment practices to be worse than their previous jobs.