A spreadsheet, compiled by Westminster researchers, names 40 Tory MPs, including cabinet ministers, accused of making unwanted sexual advances or behaving inappropriately with staff and colleagues…reports Asian Lite News
According to The Times, the list includes a veteran Tory backbencher who is described as being “perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women”. Also listed is a current cabinet minister who is accused of being “handsy at parties”. Another minister is said to have been nicknamed “Cop-a-feel”.
Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon quit the post over the allegations, but few at Westminster expect more to join with him. Two more Tory ministers – Damian Green and Mark Garnier – are being investigated by the Cabinet Office over allegations of inappropriate behaviour. Two Labour MPs – Kelvin Hopkins and Jared O’Mara – have been suspended. And party activist Bex Bailey claimed she was raped at a Labour event and then encouraged by a senior official not to take the allegation further.
The Harvey Weinstein issue in Hollywood and the #MeToo campaign opened the floodgates for women to talk about sexual harassment in the workplace. More than 50 women have come forward to accuse the Hollywood movie mogul of lewd acts and even rape.He has denied any non-consensual contact with women
The Westminster sex scandals will be the biggest threat to the minority government which is already divided over Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election when the party was facing an enquiry over the election expenses. The latest allegation include 18 ministers.
The Guido Fawkes blog reports that the list includes two serving Cabinet ministers accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women.
Eighteen serving ministers are accused of various forms of inappropriate sexual behaviour, while 12 MPs are said to have behaved inappropriately towards female researchers.Four MPs are alleged to have behaved inappropriately towards male researchers.
The list, which was leaked to a newspaper, includes the trade minister Mark Garnier, who admitted asking a former assistant to buy sex toys and calling her “sugar tits”.
Also listed is the former work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb, who has apologised for “sexual chatter” with a 19-year-old who had applied for a job in his office.
Last year, Crabb left his cabinet role after it was revealed he had sent explicit messages to a woman during the EU referendum campaign.
It is a secret WhatsApp group used by women working in Westminster. use it to warn each other about MPs with a reputation for sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Members of the group include parliamentary researchers, secretaries and aides who claim that politicians on both sides of the house have had sex in their offices, indecently pestered members of staff and subjected female workers to sexist nicknames. Cabinet members including Mark Garnier and Damian Green were among the politicians named in the group.
Reports include MPs across the political divide groping staff in lifts and having “wandering hands” in taxis. The unverified list accused two MPs of using the services of prostitutes while a well-known female MP is accused of having extramarital sex with young male researchers.
The Tories unveiled a new code of conduct makes clear that “harassment is any unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct … A single incident can amount to harassment”.
Meanwhile, a Labour Party spokeswoman said: ‘The party takes all complaints of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination extremely seriously.
‘We ask that anyone with a complaint comes forward so that allegations can be properly investigated.
‘When evidence of misconduct comes to light, all appropriate disciplinary action is taken in line with the Party’s rule book and procedures.
‘The party has been working with its affiliates to develop procedures specifically designed to deal with complaints of sexual harassment and safeguarding issues in order to improve internal processes and make it easier to report complaints.’