New powers for watchdog in crackdown on Westminster sleaze

MPs accused of sexual misconduct face further scrutiny as the parliamentary watchdog is given new powers, senior Commons figures will announce.

The role of Kathryn Hudson, the parliamentary standards commissioner, will be expanded after cross-party talks led by Andrea Leadsom following the Westminster sleaze scandal.

The move comes amid pressure for the inquiry into allegations of misconduct against Damian Green, the first secretary of state, to conclude this week.

Some reports suggested that the creation of the new body could result in a further investigation. Mr Green denies wrongdoing and there is no evidence that more accusers have or will come forward.

Read on… https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/new-powers-for-watchdog-in-crackdown-on-westminster-sleaze-2lt7tdfq9

Tory activist in Damian Green case had ‘violent threats’ after Mail article

Inquiry into cabinet minister is understood to be examining whether he briefed newspaper against Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby, the Conservative activist who has made allegations of sexual harassment against the first secretary of state, Damian Green, received a series of “violent threats” after the Daily Mail published an article calling her “one very pushy lady”, her friends say.

With a Cabinet Office inquiry into Green’s case understood to be examining whether he played a role in briefing the newspaper against Maltby, her allies say the critical piece coincided with a flurry of threats against her, some of which she is in the process of reporting to police.

The Mail article quoted a Tory source dismissing Maltby as a “political groupie”, and another saying: “She might be more careful the next time she’s asked to write a piece trashing a decent man.”

Read on… https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/17/tory-activist-in-damian-green-case-had-violent-threats-after-mail-article

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