MP who proposed women-only train carriages mocked with sign on parliament office door

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A senior Labour MP who proposed women-only train carriages has been mocked with a sign on his parliament office door.

Chris Williamson said this week it would be “worth consulting” on the policy after figures revealed such crimes doubled in the last five years.

However he has received backlash from Labour colleagues, while campaigners have said introducing such carriages would be tantamount to blaming the victims of attacks instead of their perpetrators.

And a sign appeared on his door on Wednesday which read: “Woman? Sexually harassed at work? How about working on your own floor?”

Sam Stopp, a Labour councillor for Brent Council in north-west London, tweeted the picture after it was sent to him by a friend.

He told the BBC: “It’s a serious issue that needs raising, but not best raised by a male MP.

“Is segregating the best way of preventing [sexual offences]? I think it’s reactive and not very well thought through.

“[The sign] is pretty hilarious and I’m sure Chris will see the funny side. He’s fairly good humoured.”

Chris Williamson, the shadow fire minister, said the move – first suggested by Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 – could create a “safe space” for women.

Speaking to PoliticsHome, the Derby North MP said: “It would be worth consulting about it. It was pooh-poohed [when Jeremy Corbyn suggested it], but these statistics seem to indicate there is some merit in examining that.

“Complemented with having more guards on trains, it would be a way of combating these attacks, which have seen a very worrying increase in the past few years.

“I’m not saying it has to happen, but it may create a safe space. It would be a matter of personal choice whether someone wanted to make use of it.”

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