The anti-squalor training video that caused a furious riot in the House of Lords can be revealed today.
The ‘Value Everyone’ training designed to address bad behavior by politicians includes an actor playing a drunken co-worker who is too close to a ‘little office worker’.
The so-called ‘Lord Adams’ also continues to compliment her on her clothes and visits her workspace at night asking her to investigate. And after ‘Jessica’ says she’s uncomfortable, he tries to get her fired.
Released to MailOnline under Freedom of Information rules, the videos show both the fake partner and the staff member giving their sides of the story.
Over £ 800,000 is believed to have been spent on conducting similar courses in the Lords and Commons. Dozens of colleagues were formally reprimanded earlier this year for not taking the course after it was made mandatory in the Upper House.
But critics complained about the lazy stereotypes, calling the training “a complete waste of time and money” that would do nothing to change the behavior of the real wrongdoers.
The ‘Value All’ training designed to address bad behavior by politicians includes an actor playing a greasy male pair who is too close to a ‘little office worker’
Released to MailOnline under Freedom of Information rules, the videos show the actors playing the fake partner and the staff member, nicknamed Jessica, giving their sides of the story.
A spokeswoman for the House of Lords said: “The Value All training helps ensure that everyone who works in Parliament can recognize harassment, harassment and sexual misconduct, and feel confident taking steps to address it. and prevent them. “
The video is part of a two-hour workshop for members of the House of Lords.
In a series of clips, an actress playing a new investigator named ‘Jessica’ describes her initial excitement at starting her job.
But things soon turn ugly when he reveals that a classmate asked him to reserve his theater tickets, and ‘Lord Adams’ has been engaging in increasingly creepy behavior.
“Last night when I was working in my own house, Lord Adams came and asked me for help finding something,” he says.
“ I was looking for an article online and he came up right behind me, looking over his shoulder and talking about his work.
“ He was so close that I could feel his breath and I’m pretty sure he could smell alcohol. So I said “could you give me some space please?”
“ I said it jokingly so as not to offend him, but he looked so upset and took two exaggerated steps away from me. ”
Lord Adams then says in a wild-eyed rant to the camera, furious: “ I can’t believe what happened yesterday with that new office worker.
She implied that she was uncomfortable. I was just trying to strike up a polite conversation, to make her feel comfortable.
She completely overreacted, made a scene for no reason.
She mutters that. It’s an office, for crying out loud, people are close to each other to have conversations all the time.
‘I don’t know if he’s just trying to embarrass me.’
Jessica subsequently laments that Lord Adams treated her differently, saying to one of her colleagues, “I don’t think I’m ready for this job, who is the manager here?”
“I knew I shouldn’t have said anything,” he adds.
The workshop was introduced in 2019 to “ address harassment, harassment and sexual misconduct in both Houses of Parliament, and to improve the work culture in Westminster, ” according to the Lords.
Between the video segments, participants have a content discussion led by a ‘professional trainer’.
The setting is apparently based on an actual episode, although details have been changed to avoid identifying those involved.
Former Cabinet Minister Lord Heseltine told MailOnline that he maintained his view that it was “insulting” to suggest that colleagues needed guidance to avoid such “repulsive behavior”. “It is a complete waste of time and money,” he said.
“It’s not going to have the slightest effect on habitual abusers or rude people.”
The colleague, who was recovering from knee surgery when he was first ordered to take the course, said the workshop had been “endlessly boring.” ‘It took two hours. It was a long time. ”
MailOnline revealed in April that 60 colleagues were facing formal sleaze investigations for not taking the training.
Former Cabinet Minister Lord Heseltine told MailOnline that he maintained his view that it was ‘insulting’ to suggest that colleagues needed guidance to avoid such ‘repulsive behavior’.
Former spokeswoman Baroness Boothroyd was among the subjects of a formal standards investigation for not taking the course, even though she was recovering from open heart surgery.
Among them was former spokeswoman Baroness Boothroyd, who was recovering from open heart surgery.
In November of last year, the virtual course was made mandatory, which means that anyone who had not completed it before April 1 was violating the Code of Conduct.
Yet nearly a tenth of the peers missed the deadline, forcing Commissioner Lucy Scott-Moncrieff to take action despite complaints that some had not been reminded or simply did not know what they needed to comply with.
Last month, Lord James of Blackheath, Lord Kalms and Lord Willoughby of Broke were expelled from the dining and banquet facilities of the House and Lords Library for not receiving the training.
A spokeswoman for the House of Lords said: ‘The Value All training helps ensure that everyone working in Parliament can recognize harassment, harassment and sexual misconduct, and feel confident taking steps to address it. and prevent them. ‘
“The lineup has been praised in independent independent reviews by Alison Stanley and Naomi Ellenbogen QC. Ellenbogen’s review recommended that it be mandatory for members of the House of Lords.
‘The video is part of the training, it is shown in sections and is used to facilitate the conversation in the group taking the course on the issues raised.
‘More than 760 members of the House of Lords have completed this training.
95 percent of members who completed the post-training evaluation form said they would recommend the course to others.
“92 percent of the members also said they felt safe reporting unacceptable behavior after the course.”