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Call for Evidence: independent inquiry into processes, culture and complaints relating to harassment

March 14, 2013 12:20 PM
By Helena Morrissey in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats
  • Processes (and what did and did not happen)
  • Attitudes and culture within the Party
  • A blueprint for the future

I am keen to hear from all those who have relevant experiences and views to help me form an accurate picture (whether Party members, staff or public).

This is a Call for Written Evidence for three questions around the areas outlined above:

  • Do you have examples of specific incidences where processes around complaints were not followed or where there appeared to be gaps in policies or procedures for dealing with such complaints?
  • Can you provide examples which illustrate weaknesses in the Party's attitudes and culture - past and present?
  • Do you have ideas about what needs to change for the Party to look to the future with confidence that any form of harassment within the Party will be properly dealt with?

All submissions will be treated in confidence. I will follow up with a number of those who submit written evidence where I need to explore specific aspects of your testimony, either in-person or via other means. I will also be gathering all the formal policies and how these have evolved and will be interviewing a range of individuals, both within the Party and those who may have since moved on but whose voices should be heard.

For the avoidance of doubt, I will not be making judgements on specific cases or making any assumptions regarding the innocence or guilt of individuals.

I will be structuring and preparing the review over the remainder of this month, along with conducting some key early interviews. The bulk of witness interviews will be conducted in April and I aim to write the report in May with a view to a June publication date. I will be supported in the work by Jane Smithard and an administrative assistant.

Please submit all written evidence by Friday 5th April to

Thank you.

* Helena Morrissey is Chair of the independent inquiry into culture, process and complaints within the Liberal Democrats.