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Phillip Schofield insists he’s stood up for women in debate on female safety

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Phillip Schofield and Nicola Thorp sparked a heated debated on This Morning when he stated he believed he had always stood up for women when given the opportunity. 

Continuing a discussion on womens’ safety following the murder of Sarah Everard last week, Phillip was joined by Nicola and Julia Hartley-Brewer to discuss the show’s future. 

Nicola praised the men who had reached out to her on Twitter to declare themselves ‘part of the problem’ and asking for advice on how to make women feel safer in the future. 

‘Not all men are abusers,’ Nicola said. ‘But all men I think at some point in their life have passed up an opportunity to call out abuse.’ 

‘Well I haven’t,’ Phillip stepped in. ‘Not to my knowledge.’ 

‘Well there we go, you’re one of the not all men then,’ Nicola responded. 

Nicola spoke out about the police intervention at the vigil (Picture: ITV)
Phillip believes he’s never stood by in his protection of safety to women (Picture: ITV)

‘I actually don’t suspect there are probably a great many men, who have,’ Phillip continued. 

‘I’m hearing in the gallery a number of men who work on the show saying “no, that hasn’t happened to me.”’ 

Julia caused a stir by suggesting Cressida Dick ‘only got her job because she was a woman’ (Picture: ITV)

Nicola then shot back: ‘Well I find that very difficult to believe because I as a woman have been in a situation where I’ve seen someone being harassed, or lads talking about women in a certain way, and I haven’t felt like I haven’t been able to step in. 

‘It doesn’t mean that you’re at fault but it means you missed out on an opportunity to be a part of the solution.’

A study by UN Women released just last week suggested that 97% of women between the ages of 18-24 have experienced some form of sexual harrassment in their lifetimes.

The YouGov survey found that only 4% of women report incidents of sexual harassment, with others believing it would ‘not change anything’ or that they wouldn’t be believed.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.

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