UK PM May urges ‘culture of respect’ after abuse scandal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons in Parliament in London, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is calling for a new “culture of respect” in public life amid spreading allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics.

The scandal has already triggered the resignation of the country’s defense secretary, an investigation of May’s deputy and the suspension by their parties of several Conservative and Labour lawmakers.

May is meeting Monday with other party leaders in a bid to form a common policy on tackling abuse.

In a speech Monday to a business group, May said “women and men should be able to work free from the threat or fear of harassment, bullying or intimidation.”

Since revelations emerged about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, those working in British politics have begun to come forward with allegations of abuse in Parliament.