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Rising Number Of MPs And Their Indiscretions Is Getting Rather Alarming

An increasing number of MPs are being investigated for allegations about their behavior towards women in the past. Former ministers Daniel Poulter and Stephen Crabb are the last Conservative MPs to be referred to internal issues.

A cabinet minister, Sir Michael Fallon, has already resigned while others have rebuffed claims against them and remain in office. Labor suspended two parliamentarians and separately investigated the allegation of rape by a former civil servant.

The parties have begun a series of investigations under newly established procedures for allegedly inappropriate behavior in response to a series of press releases last week. Other cases have been referred to the government and, in one case so far, to the police.


Damian Green

The First Secretary of State, who is Theresa May’s effective deputy, is being investigated by the Cabinet Office over claims he “fleetingly” touched a female journalist’s knee during a meeting in a pub in 2015 and a year later sent her a “suggestive” text message after she was pictured wearing a corset in a newspaper.

Mr Green said any allegation that he made sexual advances to Kate Maltby was “untrue (and) deeply hurtful”.

It has also been claimed that pornography was found on the Ashford MP’s computer during a 2008 police investigation into Home Office leaks which led the police to search Mr Green’s Commons office.

Mr Green said the allegations were “false”, describing them as “disreputable political smears” and “amount to little more than an unscrupulous character assassination”.

Mark Garnier

The international trade minister is being investigated by the Cabinet Office for a potential breach of ministerial rules after he admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys. The MP for Wyre Forest also confirmed he called her “sugar tits”, but said it did not amount to harassment.

Sir Michael Fallon

The veteran Tory MP resigned as defense secretary on 1 November, saying his conduct “fell short” of the standards expected by the UK military.

It followed a claim that he put his hand on female journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee back in 2003.

After his resignation, other claims have since emerged about his conduct, with journalist Jane Merrick disclosing that he tried to kiss her following a lunch in 2003.

And Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, is reported to have complained to Downing Street about “lewd” comments that Sir Michael is alleged to have made, which he denies, while they were both members of the Treasury select committee.

Stephen Crabb

The former Welsh secretary is being investigated by the Conservative Party over newspaper claims that he sent “explicit” text messages to a 19-year-old woman after he interviewed her for a job in 2013.

The MP, who resigned from government last year amid reports that he had “sexted” another woman, has been referred to the party’s disciplinary panel under the terms of its new code of conduct.



Kelvin Hopkins

The Luton North MP, 76, has been suspended after Labour activist Ava Etemadzadeh, 27, said he sent her inappropriate text messages and made inappropriate physical contact at a student event in 2014.

He says he “absolutely and categorically” denies the claims, describing instead what he said was a “brief, slight hug just before getting into my car”.

Labour says Mr Hopkins was informally reprimanded about his behavior in 2015 but the party faces questions about how he was briefly promoted in 2016 to the role of shadow culture secretary.

Jared O’Mara

The Sheffield Hallam MP has had the party whip withdrawn and is being investigated for allegedly posting a series of misogynistic and homophobic messages on social media.

The 35-year-old apologized to Labour MPs for online remarks between 2002 and 2004, saying he had been on a “journey” since then.

He has denied some more recent claims; including making offensive remarks to a woman he met on a dating app in a bar in Sheffield.


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