Dozens of Tory MPs have been named and shamed in a leaked document that describes their inappropriate behaviour in parliament.
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The list, which was shared by Tory aides, talks about 20 ministers and their behaviour, which includes things like being “handsy” with women, being “perpetually intoxicated”, “using prostitutes” and “having affairs” with staff members. It was shared on right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes. Of those who have been named, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has apologised for groping a journalist’s leg while Stephen Crabb has admitted sending inappropriate messages to a woman.
Although the Conservatives have not yet commented on it, Theresa May has promised to act on the wider issue of reports of inappropriate and abusive behaviour towards women in Parliament. She wrote to Commons Speaker John Bercow to say that the current system for dealing with allegations of sexual harassment lacks “the required teeth” as there was no contracted requirement for MPs to follow it, adding:
I do not believe that this situation can be tolerated any longer. It is simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education.
Well I guess they should start by looking at their own parliamentary party, if this list is anything to go by. To break it down, the list includes:
- 2 serving Cabinet ministers accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women
- 18 serving ministers accused of various forms of inappropriate sexual behaviour
- 12 MPs who are said to have behaved inappropriately towards female researchers
- 4 MPs who are alleged to have behaved inappropriately towards male researchers
And to put things into perspective, 36 MPs is 11% of the Tory parliamentary party. Of course this issue isn’t just a Tory one – there are sex pests in every organisation and political party in the world. It’s just that since the whole Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, more and more people are being named and shamed for their disgusting behaviour.