Theresa May Vows To Sack ‘Sexually Inappropriate’ Ministers Risking Her Tenuous Majority
THERESA May will sack her own ministers if they are proven to be guilty of sexually inappropriate behaviour, even if it affects her slim majority, it has been revealed.
A series of allegations have surfaced which has sparked fears the Government could be destabilised if the scandal grows.
The Prime Minister wrote to Commons Speaker John Bercow yesterday demanding new rules on MP’s behaviour saying the problem “cannot be tolerated any longer”.
It is claimed Conservative Party staff have compiled a list of 36 current Tory MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour.
These include having affairs with junior colleagues, being “handsy” with women and using prostitutes.
One Whitehall source said: “Our advice to people has always been to raise these matters with the police and also to inform the Party.
“The Commons majority would not be a consideration in dealing with this, it’s important to do the right thing.”
Another Government source said: “Theresa May has been a campaigner for women’s rights for her whole career. That is not about to change.”
It comes as Mrs May has asked the Cabinet Office to investigate the conduct of international trade minister Mark Garnier who admitted to calling his secretary “sugar t**s” and sending her to buy sex toys for him.
Former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb admitted to sending “explicit” messages to a 19-year-old woman after he interviewed her for a job.
Other allegations include a current Cabinet Minister who is alleged to have put his hand on a female journalist’s thigh and said: “God I love those t**s”.
A second Cabinet Minister is alleged to have had an affair with a junior female MP who is also an MP.
A former minister is accused of propositioning his secretary by asking her to “feel the length of my ****”.
And an MP who made a member of staff feel “uncomfortable” by repeatedly touching them and making “intimidating” comments about their clothing.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told ITV’s Peston on Sunday said he would support Mr’s May if she decided to sack ministers found to have harassed women.
He added: “I would support her because I think she has very good judgment on this kind of thing, and she has a long track record of standing up for women’s rights.”
The Guido Fawkes website released a spreadsheet of Tory MPs which includes two Cabinet ministers, 18 other serving ministers, 12 other MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women and four accused of inappropriate behaviour towards men.
Three Labour MPs and an MP representing another party have also been accused of harassment.
Labour suspended Jared O’Mara MP last week over misogynistic behaviour.
The PM wrote to John Bercow to ask for help in re-writing Commons rules to give them more “teeth” and better protection for MPs’ staff.
She said: “There is a suggested disciplinary procedure provided by (parliamentary watchdog) IPSA as part of the standard contract.
“However it does not have the required teeth as contractually an MP does not have to follow the procedure.
“I do not believe that this situation can be tolerated any longer.”
But, Mrs May has not suspended either Garnier or Crabb.
Labour’s John Mann said they must be suspended and the PM’s reaction is a joke.
He said: “Almost a decade ago, Parliament cleaned up its act over the expenses scandal. Now it is time to take sexual harassment seriously and lance this boil.”