As a list of 36 Tory MPs mired in sexual sleaze compiled by Conservative MP’s researchers, secretaries and office staff going viral on social media, Theresa May was challenged in parliament about repeated warnings to her that party whips were using information on sexual abuse by their MPs to blackmail them.
Theresa May was accused of ignoring THREE warnings that political enforcers or “whips” “used information about sexual abuse to demand loyalty from MPs”
“Three years ago I brought evidence to her in this house that whips had used information about sexual abuse to demand loyalty from MPs,” Labour MP Lisa Nandy told the Prime Minister.
“I warned her at the time that unless real action was taken we risked repeating those injustices again today.
“On three occasions I asked her to act and on three occasions she did not. So can I ask her in this of all weeks, for the fourth time will she finally take concrete action to tackle this.”
Theresa May appeared shaken and said she would look back at the questions that the Wigan MP had raised with her as Home Secretary. She insisted “it is not appropriate” for Whips’ offices to deal with criminal sexual abuse allegations which “they should go to the police.”
As Nandy shook her head, the Prime Minister seemed flustered as she vowed again to look at the times the Labour MP had raised this issue with her and continued: “But I am very clear that we will take action against those where there are allegations which we see and there is evidence there that there has been misconduct.”
Labour are calling for an independent body for Westminster workers to be able to report sexual misconduct to.
And as stories emerged of a Conservative MP being known in Westminster circles to allegedly take photos of young men in compromising positions to demand sexual favours, Downing Street has denied that Theresa May receives regular updates from her party whips about her MPs’ sexual indiscretions.
Katie Perrior, the PM’s former head of communications, appeared on BBC One’s Breakfast, insisting details were “kept away from the prime minister” but “information is held by the whips, because they use it to make sure that MPs know that other people within the party know exactly what they’ve been up to, and that behaviour either is not acceptable, or it will be used against them – you will vote in a certain way or we will tell your wife exactly what you’ve been up to.”