Westminster sex scandal could be worse than MPs’ expenses, Tories fear
Theresa May is under pressure from her own MPs to launch a “comprehensive” investigation into sexual harassment after it emerged that two female members of a minister’s staff moved to other jobs because of his “inappropriate” behaviour.
The minister, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have made an advance towards one of the women and made improper comments towards the other.
Mrs May has already launched a Cabinet Office inquiry after the international trade minister Mark Garnier admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys for him, and has now been urged to get a grip of the scandal engulfing Westminster by widening the inquiry to include allegations against other ministers.
Secretary Michael Fallon admits to repeatedly touching female journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee 15 years ago
Meanwhile a spreadsheet was leaked to The Sun detailing allegations against 36 top Tories including a Permanent Private Secretary
DEFENCE Secretary Michael Fallon last night admitted inappropriately touching a female journalist — while six Cabinet ministers were named in a dossier of alleged Tory sex pests.
Mr Fallon confessed that he was the minister who talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer threatened to punch for repeatedly putting his hand on her knee.
Tory MPs shamed in list documenting ‘inappropriate’ behaviour
Dozens of Conservative MPs have been named in a spreadsheet about alleged inappropriate behaviour in parliament.
The list, shared by Tory aides, includes 20 ministers and includes allegations such as ‘handsy with women’, ‘perpetually intoxicated’, ‘uses prostitutes’ and ‘affair with female researcher’.
It was published by right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes, with all 36 names redacted.