Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination Code of Conduct
All codes of conduct and NEC and SEC statements form part of the agreed relationship between individual Labour Party members, and set the minimum code of conduct expected by the Party of all its members.
The Labour Party is the party of equality and has fought to ensure that society provides equal opportunities for all and will continue to do so. Labour strongly believes that no one should feel disadvantaged, discriminated against or harassed due to their gender either inside the party or in the wider society.
The Labour Party understands that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that takes place when someone is subjected to unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour or other conduct related to their gender. This can range from inappropriate comments to assault, can be verbal, non-verbal or physical and can take place both in person or online.
The Labour Party will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. Labour is committed to ensuring the party is a welcoming environment for all who share our aims and values to engage in political activity and debate without feeling disadvantaged or unsafe. Any behaviour that is perceived to discriminate against or harass another due to their gender has no place within the Labour Party.
You can download the full Scottish Labour Party rule book – which contains all of Labour’s codes of conduct – below.
Complaints of sexual harassment
The Labour Party has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment and takes complaints of this nature extremely seriously.
Should you experience any behaviour that you feel amounts to sexual harassment either towards yourself or another member we strongly encourage you to report it to us as soon as you can.
Additionally, you can contact one of the following organisations:
External Support line operated by Rape Crisis – 020 8683 3311
This support line is completely independent from the Labour Party; it is staffed by Rape Crisis staff and information is only passed to officers of the party with explicit consent from the caller. Call handlers are specially trained and can provide support for those who have experienced sexual harassment as well as advice and guidance about how and where to report it. For more information about the support line please visit the Sexual Harassment Support Line page.
Labour Party Sexual Harassment Reporting Line – 07595 432 542 or [email protected]
If you would rather speak directly to a member of the National Complaints Team then you can contact them directly. Everyone working in the team has had training about sexual harassment and the impact it can have and will be able to advise you about the Labour Party’s procedures.
Where a criminal offence has taken place or you fear for your own safety or the safety of someone else you should contact the police as soon as possible by calling 999.