West­min­ster love rat in­sists flirt­ing is fine

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

A TORY MP who aban­doned his can­cer-stricken wife for an­other wo­man has risked fresh con­tro­versy by say­ing there is noth­ing wrong with politi­cians in­dulging in ‘mild flir­ta­tion or a de­gree of tac­tile palli­ness’.

James Gray said those found guilty of rape or sex­ual ha­rass­ment had to be pun­ished. But ‘real com­plaints by gen­uine vic­tims’ were di­min­ished by be­ing lumped to­gether with ‘low-level skut­tle­but’.

The North Wilt­shire MP said: ‘Se­ri­ous of­fences should not be mud­dled with mild flir­ta­tion, or even a de­gree of tac­tile palli­ness. None of this stuff helps the proper gov­ern­ment of the coun­try, nor our tense ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU.’

Mr Gray came un­der fire af­ter he had an af­fair with his sec­re­tary Philippa Mayo – who he went on to marry – while his then-wife Sarah was hav­ing chemo­ther­apy for breast can­cer.

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