SHOCK claims saw dozens of MPs accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Tory aides compiled a list of 36 Tories accused of lurid behaviour — including six Cabinet Ministers. Here’s the lowdown on the allegations.
A dossier was compiled by Tory aides detailing allegations against of sexual impropriety against Conservative MPs.
The list included six Cabinet Ministers.
Accusations ranged from affairs to more specific claims such as one Minister said to be “handsy with women at parties”, and a backbencher who is “perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women”.
The list accused two MPs of using the services of prostitutes while a well-known female MP was accused of having extramarital sex with young male researchers.
One former senior Tory was said to have propositioned his secretary by asking her to “come and feel the length of my c**k”.
Amid the most startling claims alleged that footage showed of a male MP being urinated on by three men.
One MP is said to enjoy sex “with men who wear women’s perfume”.
- Michael Fallon resigned as Defence Secretary after admitting that he got “handsy” when he inappropriately touched the knee of journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer. Married father-of-two Mr Fallon admitted to The Sun he had touched Julia — but insisted he apologised over the incident 15 years ago and that both considered the matter closed. Julia said she did not feel like she was a victim of a sexual assault, and found the incident nothing more than “mildly amusing”.
- Brexit minister Mark Garnier admitted calling his secretary “sugar t*ts” and taking her to buy him vibrators in Soho. Caroline Edmonson said Mr Garnier stood outside the shop and sent her in to buy sex aides for his wife and a member of his constituency staff. He did not deny the claims but told the Mail on Sunday the incidents were taken out of context. He was reported to the Cabinet Office which launched an investigation.
- Former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb sent sexually explicit messages to a 19-year-old woman who applied to work in his Commons office. The 44-year-old husband and devout Christian admitted saying some “pretty outrageous things” after the interview. Mr Crabb had previously been caught sending messages to a woman around half his age describing a sex act he would like to perform on her.
- Deputy PM Damian Green was accused of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman 30 years his junior. Kate Maltby, a Tory activist and academic, said he had made a pass on her in a bar – and flirted with her over text. He denied the allegations, saying: “It is absolutely and completely untrue that I’ve ever made any sexual advances on Ms Maltby.” He also denied having signed up to extra-marital affair website Ashley Madison. The 61-year-old was also rocked by a fresh scandal after it was claimed police found “extreme” pornography on his computer when they raided his Parliamentary office.
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd was on the list as having a “workplace relationship with Kwasi Kwarteng”, another Tory MP. She is not accused of any misconduct and the relationship was well-known in Westminster.
- Steve Double admitted last year that he had an affair with a 26-year-old researcher who was married to a journalist at his local newspaper. Mr Double, 50, MP for St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall, came clean about his deception and his wife of 30-years Anne, 52, forgave him and took him back.
- MP Justin Tomlinson, 40, was named in the dossier for settling down with his 25-year-old aide Katherine Bennett in 2016 when he was already married.
- Grant Schapps, the party’s former chairman, was listed because of rumours allegedly spread by his political rivals that he had an affair, which he denies.
- Mark Menzies, who was also on the list, resigned as a ministerial aide in 2014 following reports he had hired a rent boy.
- Minister Jake Berry was included because he “impregnated Boris Johnson’s office manager” Alice Robinson. The couple have lived together for some time and do not hide their relationship.
- Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, admitted having an affair with a Tory activist two years ago.
It is a WhatsApp group used by women working in Westminster who 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.
Other claims about behaviour in the Commons came from a former Westminster bar manager, who told the Sun how she was pestered for sex by up to 30 MPs.
Alice Bailey, 25, who worked there for nearly four years, said some spent all day boozing — occasionally popping back into the chamber to vote before carrying on drinking until late.
Labour activist Bex Bailey revealed she was raped as a 19-year-old by a senior colleague at a party event in 2011 but was told not to report it by a senior Labour official.
The former member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) was told two years later by a senior party member that reporting it may “damage” her career.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Bailey – a widely respected activist – said: “I was seriously sexually assaulted at a Labour Party event – it wasn’t an MP – but someone who was more senior to me.
“I was raped.
“A couple of years later I summoned up the courage and I did say to someone what had happened. I told a senior member of staff who told me – it was suggested to me that I not report it.
“I was told that if I did it might damage me and that might be their genuine view, it might be that that was the case, in which case that shows that we have a serious problem in politics.”
Ms Bailey – now 25 – added: “I don’t think I was even given a cup of tea at the time. It was quite a horrible experience.
“This is why I’ve been fighting so hard for changes to the way that we do this, because I know how hard it is and I don’t want other women to experience what I did.”
In as statement, Labour urged the police to investigate the allegations of “criminal actions”.
The party is also launching an independent investigation into claims “party employee acted improperly” in 2011.
Labour general secretary Iain McNicolwas expected to bring in his own legal experts to investigate.
Posting on Facebook Jeremy Corbyn said: “There will be no tolerance in the Labour Party for sexism, harassment or abuse. Whatever it takes, we are absolutely committed to rooting it out.”
Sir Michael Fallon sensationally resigned on November 1 after admitting that he acted inappropriately.
The Cabinet minister, 65, told PM Theresa May his past behaviour had “fallen below the high standards” he asked of troops he was in charge of.
Sources said he warned the PM he “couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be more stories.”
Fallon’s allies blamed alcohol for making him a “Jekyll and Hyde” character with women.
The Sun exclusively revealed that Fallon was out after being accused of making lewd sexual comment by a Cabinet colleague.
He is said to have told Andrea Leadsom, who complained of cold hands: “I know where you can put them to warm them up”.
The former Defence Secretary was reported to No10 by the Commons Leader, who accused him of a string of offensive remarks.
A source close to Sir Michael said: “He categorically denies saying something as appalling as he knows where she could warm her hands.”
The Conservatives called in the police and suspended the whip from senior backbencher Charlie Elphicke over “serious allegations”.
New Chief Whip Julian Smith said: “I have suspended the Conservative Party Whip from Charlie Elphicke MP following serious allegations that have been referred to the police.”
A friend of the MP told The Sun: “Charlie is adamant that he has done nothing wrong.”
Mr Elphicke has represented Dover since 2010 and was a Government whip between 2015 and 2016.
The 46-year-old also sits on the Treasury Select Committee.
Veteran MP Kelvin Hopkins was suspended by Labour over allegations that he sexually harassed a young party worker.
The former Shadow Minister was said to have sent inappropriate text messages to Ava Etemadzadeh and rubbed his crotch against her.
Ava, now 27, told The Telegraph she informed the whips’ office at the time of the incident and a local party member told Jeremy Corbyn’s office a year ago.
In a statement Labour said: “Kelvin Hopkins has been suspended from party membership, and therefore the Labour whip, while an investigation takes place.
“The Labour Party takes all such complaints extremely seriously and has robust procedures in place to deal with them.”
On November 8 it emerged Labour had also suspended David Prescott, the son of former deputy PM John Prescott and aid to Jeremy Corbyn.
The exact allegations against Mr Prescott are not currently known.
The party has refused to comment directly on Mr Prescott’s case but said it “takes all complaints of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination extremely seriously”.
He was suspended from the Labour party on 3 November 2017 after allegations emerged about his behaviour.
He was a Welsh politician who was the Cabinet Secretary for communities and children in the Welsh government.
The 49-year-old father-of-two was found dead at his home in Connah’s Quay, North Wales in November 2017.
It is thought he took his own life just days after his suspension.
The Prime Minister blasted the “dirty dossier” in a speech at the beginning of November 2017.
She said careers should not be “damaged by unfounded rumours circulated anonymously online”.
She also called for a new “culture of respect at the centre of our public life”.
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