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A terrible, toxic week in Westminster | Jess Phillips

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.

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