Premier investigates alleged harassment by MP

  • David Burt, the Premier, has asked for information after a complaint was made about harassment against an MP (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

    David Burt, the Premier, has asked for information after a complaint was made about harassment against an MP (File photograph by Akil Simmons)


The Premier said last night he had asked for “an explanation” after a harassment accusation was made against a Progressive Labour Party MP in the last Parliament.

David Burt added: “I was made aware of these complaints at no time earlier than last week Wednesday.

“I sent a letter to the Speaker of the House today to ask for an explanation.

“It is something that I take very seriously.”

Mr Burt was speaking after news website TNN asked about reports of a complaint lodged with a senior civil servant and the Speaker of the House of Assembly against a PLP MP “alleging harassment”.

The Premier declined to comment on whether the individual involved could be a candidate in the October 1 General Election.

Mr Burt said: “Without any facts of any case, I am not going to pass judgment on anyone.

“What I will do is examine; that is the reason why I’ve written to the Speaker of the House to ask for the information.

“I became aware of this last week and I consider it incredibly serious.

“The Progressive Labour Party has put in place a policy, a code of conduct, which specifically prohibits or has strong action against harassment.

“It is not something that was known to me prior. If it was something known to me prior, we would have acted.”

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