The Labour MP argues that sexual harassment claims have galvanised women MPs of all parties to fight together
The atmosphere in parliament last week was so toxic, so noxious that I choked. In the past, I’ve been accused of wanting to murder people because I’ve used the phrase “stab in the back”. What can I say? Some people are stupid and disappointing. This time, I am speaking literally.
I arrived home after a longer-than-normal week away in Westminster. I walked to a restaurant where we planned to celebrate my son’s postponed ninth birthday dinner. I switched off my phone and greeted my family. In that moment of release, all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t focus and I was burning up. I fled and had to sit outside in the cold November night and try desperately to take in the air of my home town.