Verdict awaited into sexual harassment claims against ex-Hartlepool MP

A decision over claims that former Hartlepool MP Mike Hill sexually harassed and bullied a Parliamentary worker is likely to be made at the end of next month.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 5:25 pm
Former Hartlepool MP Mike Hill has denied allegations that he bullied and sexually harassed a Parliamentary worker.

A Central London Employment Tribunal has heard, however, that he admitted wanting to have a sexual relationship with her.

He also told the hearing: “At some stage, I believe I was in love with her.”

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But Mr Hill, who confirmed he was married at the time of sending her “embarrassing” text messages, said he “accepted” that the claimant did not want a romantic sexual relationship with him.

He said he was “wearing my heart on my sleeve”, which was “not unusual” for him.

Ms A had earlier told the tribunal how she suffered bullying and sexual harassment over a 16-month period.

She said: “I felt Mr Hill had a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ personality in that time, he would be friendly with me, but at others, particularly after I rejected his advances, he would turn and act like he hated me.”

Evidence in the case has now concluded with a judgement due to be made at the end of next month.

Depending on the outcome, a provisional remedy date has been set for November 4-5 at the Central London Employment Tribunal.

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