Ex-Hartlepool Labour MP Mike Hill admits wanting sexual relationship with employee
A tribunal hears Mike Hill told the woman he loved her, despite being married at the time.
Mike Hill retained his seat at the 2019 general electionAn ex-Labour MP has admitted to a tribunal he wanted a sexual relationship with a parliamentary worker despite already being married.Former Hartlepool MP Mike Hill texted the woman to say he loved her and wanted to marry her, the hearing heard.
The woman, known as Ms A, claims he sexually harassed and bullied her over a 16-month period, groping her and rubbing himself against her body.Mr Hill, 58, who stood down as an MP in March, denies the allegations.During cross-examination, the claimant's lawyer, Samuel Nicholls, asked Mr Hill if he had wanted to have sex with Ms A.
Mr Hill responded: "I wanted a relationship, if that's what you call sex. Part of having a relationship would be that."Asked by Mr Nicholls whether he loved Ms A, Mr Hill said: "At some stage, I believe I was in love with her." headtopics.com
'Embarrassing' messagesIn other text messages Mr Hill said he wanted Ms A to be part of his future and had hoped he could look after her and care for her."If I could propose to you today, I would," he said. "But if you're not interested, then what's the point. I'd end up in torture.
"Didn't know your feelings were a million miles from that. Sorry. I couldn't cope with a loveless future as I have that now."The tribunal heard Mr Hill was married at the time of the "embarrassing" messages and that he accepted the claimant did not want a romantic relationship with him.
He said he moved on and he and the complainant ended up with a working relationship.image captionThe tribunal heard former MP Mike Hill received sexual harassment training while in a previous jobMr Hill was suspended from the Labour Party in September 2019 over the allegations, but was re-instated a month later to fight the general election.
He resigned from his seat in March of this year, triggering a by-election that saw his Hartlepool seatEarlier in the hearing, Mr Hill said he had received training on the issue of sexual harassment while in a previous role as a regional organiser for the trade union Unison. headtopics.com
He said he was aware the claimant had post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.The hearing at the Central London Employment Tribunal continues. Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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Christ, this is all so depressing. I'll just leave this here... Mid life crisis in guys with high stress jobs that they are inept at, equates to mid life crisis menopause in women🤣 Who cares . I wonder how many married couples there are who met at work. Wtf... Soon there will be NO WHERE considered safeor PC to ask someone out 🤦♂️
hE jUsT wAnTeD a RelATiOsHiP. 🙄 Is this like every politician now
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