An MP has said there is a "culture of impunity" in parliament when it comes to sexual harassment, claiming there is a secret list of "around 40 MPs" women are warned to avoid.
Charlotte Nichols, Labour MP for Warrington North, said the list came via a "whisper network" and that "some of the most dangerous people are the people you'd least expect".
"[I've been told] I should never accept a drink from him," Nichols, who entered parliament in 2019, told the BBC. "I should never be alone with him.
"I should never get in a lift with him – and I should try to avoid as far as possible to keep myself safe."
Nichols said the situation was "frightening" and that incidents often go unreported due to fear of retribution.
"I think I was quite staggered at how long the list was," she added. "Obviously there any 650 members of parliament... when you're looking at proportions of people who are kind of known dangers, that's really quite frightening.
"And... there are people who get added to that list all the time."
When asked by host Naga Munchetty if she felt "safe" doing her job in parliament, Nichols said she did not.
"I don't feel safe doing it," she said.
"I think there are a lot of things that you do to mitigate those risks... [but] I feel safest in my constituency."
In April, it emerged more than 50 sitting MPs from across various parties are being investigated for sexual misconduct amid wider concerns about a toxic culture at Westminster.
In July, two unions which represent more than 1,000 parliamentary workers wrote to House of Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle saying Westminster is not a safe place to work and warning of a “seemingly endless list of allegations of sexual misconduct by MPs”.
In September, two women alleged they had been assaulted by a cabinet minister and groped by a Number 10 aide.
Imran Ahmad Khan, Conservative MP for Wakefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in May after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy after giving him gin at a party in 2008.
In July, Boris Johnson was forced out of office after mass resignations from his government after it emerged that Tory MP Chris Pincher had been given a senior role in his government despite the then PM being aware of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Pincher has denied the allegations.
The frequency of incidents and allegations of sexual misconduct in Westminster has lead to it being dubbed 'Pestminster' in recent years.
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