Derby North MP Chris Williamson mocked over women-only carriages

Women-only train carriages 'could prevent sex attacks', says Labour MP

Women-only train carriages 'could prevent sex attacks', says Labour MP

Williamson, MP for Derby North, told PoliticsHome: "It would be worth consulting about it".

The Walthamstow MP, who is a vocal campaigner for women's rights, said: "Can we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go?". "It's up to the privatized train operating companies to make sure every space is safe on every train", Whelan said to The Guardian. It was pooh-poohed [when Jeremy Corbyn floated it], but these statistics seem to indicate there is some merit in examining that.

Some 1,448 offences were reported in 2016/17, compared with 650 incidents in 2012/2013, British Transport Police figures show. "Because we don't want gender apartheid on Britain's railways", Whelan said.

"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".

In an interview with Labour-supporting blog Skwawkbox, Ms. Pidcock said she has "absolutely no intention of being friends with any [Tories]". "I am calling on the train companies to stop taking staff off trains and stations, putting profit before passengers, and ensure our railways are safe".

Williamson said he was not wedded to the idea "but it may create a safe space" though he stressed women would not be obliged to use it.

But Labour's Stella Creasy criticised the move on Twitter, arguing that it would "normalise" attacks and that women should be safe to sit anywhere.

Similar measures have been introduced in Brazil, Japan and Mexico.

The Labour leader who had a go with a drill while on a tour of a Glasgow housing association today said Britain should have a'fair and just trade policy- not just one that allows cheap and low quality  food to flood  the British market 

"Doesn't keep women safe to restrict their movements - it normalises attacks".

"We need to be clear they (the attackers) are problem, not women's seating plans".

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, called the policy an "absolutely bad idea".

It follows a 17-year-old girl being sexually assaulted twice, by two different men, on a train journey between Newquay and Plymouth as she made her way home from the Boardmasters festival on August 12. Also, men should be incredibly annoyed by suggestion they can't control themselves'.

"Sexual violence isn't about urges it's about power", Phillips added.

During the 2015 leadership contest, Corbyn said he wanted to consult with women whether they supported the concept of female-only carriages. His rivals, particularly Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, exploited the spat to undermine his campaign.

Watching coverage of Jeremy Corbyn's long-planned visit to Scotland this week, and the nationalists' brittle criticism of the Labour leader, I think I understand how my friend felt back in 2000.

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