From Wales Online: Tory MP Stephen Crabb has been referred to the Conservatives’ disciplinary panel following claims he sent “explicit” texts to a 19-year-old woman who had applied to work in his office in 2013.
From The Observer: The dramatic circumstances of Michael Fallon’s sudden resignation as defence secretary last week can be revealed by the Observer.
The cabinet heavyweight’s shock departure on Wednesday followed a phone call from the journalist, Jane Merrick, who informed Downing Street that he had lunged at her and attempted to kiss her on the lips in 2003 after they had lunched together.
The revelation was the tipping point for No 10, which the Observer understands had been compiling a list of alleged incidents involving Fallon since claims against him were first made. Read more
From Evolve Politics: Michael Fabricant, the Tory MP for Lichfield, has controversially suggested that politicians who are drunk should not be accused of committing serious sexual assaults such as rape.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Fabricant said that people who commit acts of sexual assault should be considered ‘blameless’ if ‘everyone was sloshed at the time’.
Whilst admitting that ‘you sometimes get’ drunk people being accused of committing sexual assault, Fabricant went on to say ‘we’ve got to be very careful that we don’t get into that situation’ – blaming a ‘growing witch hunt mentality’ for the recent allegations of sexual assault.
The MP also dismissed recent allegations of sexual assault as just rumours.
From Metro: Tory Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon has resigned, saying soldiers would not be allowed to behave in the way he has in the past. The minister was caught up in the sexual harassment scandal engulfing Westminster after it emerged he repeatedly put his hand on a journalist’s knee during a party conference dinner in 2002.
From the London Evening Standard: Senior Tory MPs blocked moves to give Commons researchers and secretaries extra protection from sexual harassment, it has been revealed.
From The Independent: Labour MPs have branded David Davis “disgusting” and a “misogynist” over remarks he made about Diane Abbott MP implying she wasn’t attractive enough to kiss.