Westminster sex scandal could be worse than MPs’ expenses, Tories fear

Five more Tory MPs added to Westminster’s dirty dossier

Five further Tory MPs, including a member of the 2017 intake, have been added to a dossier set up by parliamentary researchers amid growing allegations of sexual misconduct in Westminster.

More than 40 Conservative MPs, including several cabinet ministers, have now been accused of sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour.

Their names feature in a spreadsheet, known as the “dirty dossier”, which has been compiled by a group of around half a dozen current and former researchers and which has prompted the government to pledge action to stamp out impropriety in parliament.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/five-more-tory-mps-added-to-westminster-s-dirty-dossier-nbl5dlmhm

When it comes to harassment, no one is above the law

When MPs put politics to one side, rising above the fray and instead choosing to work together, it is possible to achieve so much. That’s exactly what happened yesterday, when parliament debated the urgent issue of the alleged harassment and abuse of staff and researchers. There is simply no place in politics for this kind of behaviour. Parliament will now act quickly, working across party lines, to put the right procedures in place that will ensure this can’t happen in the future.

As the prime minister has stated, the current system for dealing with complaints or criminality is inadequate. Whilst it is for parliament to resolve this, the government has established some core guiding principles.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/when-it-comes-to-harassment-no-one-is-above-the-law-2zms9cjcz

MAY’S SINNER CIRCLE

Sex pest dossier names six Cabinet ministers and senior allies of PM – throwing parliament into panic

A document drawn up by staff who work with Conservative MPs names 36 Tories and the accusations include groping, harassment and paying women to stay quiet

PARLIAMENT was in a panic last night after it was revealed a dossier of alleged Tory sex pests names six Cabinet ministers and other senior allies of the Prime Minister.

The bombshell document, drawn up by anonymous female and male staff who work for and with Conservative MPs, details claims about 36 Tories in total — 21 of them serving or former ministers.

Read on… https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4804173/sex-pest-dossier-names-six-cabinet-ministers-and-senior-allies-of-pm/

Ministers face being fired in sex-pests crackdown

●Government to act against ‘inappropriate behaviour’ ● MPs warn of Commons witch hunt

Ministers face being sacked if they make parliamentary staff feel uncomfortable under new anti-harassment rules to be introduced within days, the leader of the Commons said yesterday.

Andrea Leadsom pledged “very swift” action to strengthen protections for victims of sexual harassment after a slew of allegations of misconduct at Westminster and beyond since the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Her plans for a new independent grievance procedure brought fears among MPs of “overreaction” and a “witch hunt”.

Last night a dossier compiled by Westminster researchers to document allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Tory MPs had swelled to 45 names. Claims were also circulating about at least five Labour MPs, including members of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. The claims are unverified, however, and MPs claimed they were becoming victims of “Chinese whispers”.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ministers-face-being-fired-in-sex-pests-crackdown-cxpltt6kn

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.

Read on… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/30/westminster-sex-scandal-could-worse-mps-expenses-tories-fear/

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.

Read on… https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4804165/michael-fallon-julia-hartely-brewer-westminster-sexual-allegations/

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.

Read on… http://metro.co.uk/2017/10/30/tory-mps-shamed-in-list-documenting-inappropriate-behaviour-7038380/

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