Scottish Labour MSP says senior party figures ‘glossed over’ her assault

Monica Lennon says incident happened in front of six people, and one joked she should not have got alleged assailant ‘all excited’

The controversy over Labour’s handling of harassment incidents deepened further after Monica Lennon, a Scottish Labour MSP, said senior party figures had belittled and glossed over an incident where a powerful official had assaulted her in front of colleagues.

Lennon, a rising star at Holyrood, said the incident happened at a Labour party social event in 2013, before she was elected to the Scottish parliament. She told the Sunday Mail newspaper the assault happened in full view of six people.

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