West­min­ster sleaze

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Theresa May apol­o­gised this week for “too many abuses of power” over “too many years” as she and other party lead­ers agreed a new com­plaints sys­tem to tackle sex­ual ha­rass­ment at West­min­ster. The three main par­ties all stand ac­cused of hav­ing brushed al­le­ga­tions of rape un­der the car­pet, and there have been a slew of other, less grave ac­cu­sa­tions against MPS and of­fi­cials, rang­ing from in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage to grop­ing. The Tories and Labour are both run­ning mul­ti­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tions into their MPS and front­benchers. Among the in­di­vid­u­als fac­ing scru­tiny was Carl Sargeant, a for­mer Welsh Labour min­is­ter, who died this week in an ap­par­ent sui­cide.

The sleaze scan­dal led to the res­ig­na­tion last week of De­fence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon, who was ac­cused of hav­ing made un­wel­come ad­vances to­wards two fe­male jour­nal­ists. Damian Green, May’s de facto deputy, was also ac­cused of hav­ing made in­ap­pro­pri­ate over­tures to a young ac­tivist. He de­nied do­ing so, and dis­missed claims that po­lice had found pornog­ra­phy on a com­puter in his West­min­ster of­fice in 2008 as “dis­rep­utable po­lit­i­cal smears”.

Damian Green: smeared?

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