Tories Suspend Whip From Charlie Elphicke

The Tories have suspended the whip from Charlie Elphicke tonight. Allegations referred to the police. New chief whip Julian Smith has only been in the job 24 hours, taking very swift action in dealing with this…

UPDATE: Statement from Smith:

“I have suspended the Conservative Party Whip from Charlie Elphicke MP following serious allegations that have been referred to the police.”

Fabbers on First Dates

Guido presents the highlights from Michael Fabricant’s First Dates debut. The loveable Fabbers did not find true love, however, he did charm the nation. There are plenty more fish in the sea, Michael…

Defences Breached!

Tory MPs have received this text message from the whips office about their new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson:

From: Government Whips Admin Unit (HOC)
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:39:36 PM
(UTC+OO:OO) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London
Subject: Urgent message

Do not reply to a text from Gavin it is a hoax text.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Government Whip 

Slightly concerning start…

UPDATE: Tory MPs have now received this message explaining that it isn’t a hoax:

Shambles…

Gavin Williamson New Defence Secretary

Big promotion for Gavin Williamson, who had succeeded in holding the Tory party and the government together as chief whip over the last few months…

UPDATE: Julian Smith new Chief Whip.

UPDATE II: Esther McVey Deputy Chief Whip.

Ruth: The Dam Has Broken

Ruth Davidson, addressing Michael Fallon’s resignation in the wake of the Westminster sexual harassment scandal, tells Today:

“The dam has broken on this now, and these overwhelmingly male dominated professions where the boys own locker room culture has prevailed, and it’s all been a bit of a laugh, has got to stop.”

Before the dam broke Ruth tweeted this:

She laddishly told this line at a Lobby lunch:

“That’s kind of the difference between our two parties. You know, Labour’s still fumbling with its flies while the Tories are enjoying a post-coital cigarette after withdrawing our massive Johnson. Sorry that’s not even my speech, that’s just a text from Stephen Crabb.”

Oh, Ruth….

Ruth Porter to London Stock Exchange

Guido hears Ruth Porter is moving to the private sector to head up UK government relations for the London Stock Exchange. Porter was most recently Liz Truss’ special adviser before heading off on maternity leave. She was a leading light in SW1 wonk world at the IEA and Policy Exchange before moving into government, where she held three SpAd positions in Coalition and post-2015. Congratulations… MoG?

Former Whip Explains How They Could Cover Up Sex Abuse Scandal

At PMQs Lisa Nandy raised this clip of former Tory whip Tim Fortescue explaining back in 1995 how party whips could help cover up a potential sex abuse scandal. Nandy says she brought it up with Theresa May three years ago. To be fair to the PM this references the whips office in the seventies and is somewhat different to the current scandal, but a sign at least of what used to go on…

Former Tory Whip: It’s Not a Witch Hunt

“I don’t think it’s a witch hunt. I think there are clearly MPs that are behaving very inappropriately and those individuals need to be held to account, taken to task and if they lose their ministerial jobs well so be it.”

Sense from former Tory whip Rob Wilson…

Westminster Works Out Who is Top of Tory Sleaze Spreadsheet

Guido was careful to redact the Tory sleaze spreadsheet yesterday of any identifiers. Today’s Sun has unredacted sections of the spreadsheet, revealing that one “Cabinet minister” was found on the Ashley Madison adultery website. It also says he is “handsy at parties”. It is already in the public domain that Damian Green’s private email address was found on Ashley Madison in 2015, though he denied any involvement. As far back as 2008 Guido noted Green’s reputation for being “Not safe in taxis”. Shocked WhatsApp messages are pinging across Westminster as people piece together that it is the Deputy PM being referenced. Theresa May’s closest ally has effectively been outed in this morning’s Sun as being top of the list… 

Fallon: I’m Sorry For Touching Julia’s Knee

First Cabinet minister named by the Sun as Michael Fallon, who admits touching Julia Hartley-Brewer’s knee. He says sorry…

UPDATE: Statement from Julia, who says she is not a victim:

“I have received a number of calls today from newspapers and broadcasters asking me to comment on a claim that I was the victim of sexual harassment by a current Cabinet minister.

I have spoken previously about a Cabinet minister who repeatedly put his hand on my knee during a party conference dinner. I calmly and politely explained to him that, if he did it again, I would “punch him in the face”. He withdrew his hand and that was the end of the matter.

I have had no issues since with the man in question and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing, which is why I have declined to name him. It has also been claimed that the same minister made remarks to me about my breasts. If he did, I certainly don’t recall those comments.

Wild rumours and claims are circulating about many male MPs at Westminster in a media feeding frenzy. I have worked in and around Westminster for 20 years and, as far as I am aware, incidents of genuine harassment involve only a small number of MPs from all parties.

I believe it is absurd and wrong to treat workplace banter and flirting – and even misjudged sexual overtures – between consenting adults as being morally equivalent to serious sexual harassment or assault.

It demeans genuine victims of real offences. Anyone with any allegations against an MP, or anyone else, should speak up now and provide the evidence to ensure any necessary action is taken.

I have not been a victim and I don’t wish to take part in what I believe has now become a Westminster witch hunt.”

Leadsom: Sex Harassers Will Be Sacked and Lose Whip

Consequences for Garnier and Crabb?

Eyes on tomorrow’s papers…

Boris Hires Number 10’s Lee Cain

Guido understands Boris has hired Number 10 spinner Lee Cain as his new media SpAd. Cain is a former Fleet Street journalist so he gets news, he’s popular with the Lobby, is a big Brexiter and knows BoJo from his days running the broadcast operation at Vote Leave. Also a move which shows the relationship between Number 10 and the Boris camp is perhaps better than some have suggested. Good hire for Boris and good to see another big job for a Leaver…

Tory Aides’ Spreadsheet Names 36 Sex Pest MPs

Tory aides have compiled a spreadsheet accusing 36 serving Conservative MPs of inappropriate sexual behaviour, Guido can reveal. The dossier includes specific allegations against MPs, including one minister who is “handsy with women at parties”, an MP on the government payroll who had “sexual relations with a researcher”, one backbencher who is “perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women”, and another who allegedly “paid a woman to be quiet”. It was produced by a number of current and former Tory staffers in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Guido has redacted names and identifying details above.

Several of the allegations on the list are already in the public domain, for example Mark Garnier asking his researcher to buy sex toys. The vast majority of the others will come as little surprise to anyone who regularly speaks to staffers in Westminster. Guido had heard all but three of the stories before. Many of the allegations are historic, others are ongoing. The breakdown includes:

  • 2 serving Cabinet ministers accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women
  • 18 serving ministers accused of various forms of inappropriate sexual behaviour
  • 12 MPs who are said to have behaved inappropriately towards female researchers
  • 4 MPs who are alleged to have behaved inappropriately towards male researchers

Senior Tories have spent the last 72 hours denying such concerns were being circulated by researchers, tonight Guido has the proof they are. 36 MPs is 11% of the Tory parliamentary party. This is not just a Tory problem and there are a significant number of Labour and LibDem sex pests as well. Though this spreadsheet is going to send shockwaves through the Tory party and government…

UPDATE: The redacted spreadsheet:

Hunt: Garnier Sex Toy Antics Unacceptable

Jeremy Hunt tells Marr that trade minister Mark Garnier asking his researcher to buy sex toys is “unacceptable” and could be a breach of the ministerial code. The Cabinet Office has been asked to determine if serious misconduct prior to becoming a minister breaches the code… 

PM: I Will Take Action Against Government Weinsteins

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman has said she will consider all necessary action if stories of inappropriate behaviour by members of her government emerge. She told Lobby this morning: “No reports have been formally made yet and we’ll address that then if that happens.” Today’s Sun discusses unnamed ministers who are “not safe in taxis” and have groped women at parties. Anyone with information can get in touch in confidence or call 0709 284 0531…

Boris Tells EU Citizens: Your Rights Protected Whatever Happens

Boris tells a Polish reception:

“You are loved, you are welcome, your rights will be protected whatever happens. We will make sure that we will continue to be open and welcoming to those from Poland who want to live and come and make their lives here.”

Probably the strongest message yet from a Cabinet minister to EU citizens and scaremongering Remainers.

Final Whistle for Ref MP as His “World Cup Dream” Shatters

Referee MP Douglas Ross tells his local paper today that he will no longer officiate at any matches when Parliament is sitting. That basically means the end of his refereeing career…

Moray MP Ross is a top-flight international ref who has officiated at Champions League games and had been shortlisted to represent Scotland at the World Cup. He said:

“This week I have taken the decision to inform the football authorities that I will no longer be able to accept any appointments when Parliament is sitting. The consequence of this decision means that I can no longer do the majority of International matches and my hopes of representing Scotland, and most importantly for me, Moray, at a World Cup, now end.“

Ross’s decision came after pressure from lefties. But Guido found his voting record was better than that of SNP MPs, with the ref able to boast a 96% attendance rate. Sad…

May on Jared: MPs Must Show Women Respect

Theresa May responds to the Jared O’Mara scandal:

“All of us in the House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people and should show women in public life the respect they deserve.”

Remarkable it took Labour so long to deal with him.

Tories and LibDems Call on Labour to Suspend Whip From Jared

The Tories and LibDems are both calling on Labour to suspend the whip from sexism, homophobia and racism row Jared O’Mara. Justine Greening has written to Corbyn:

Dear Mr Corbyn,

I am writing to you regarding the actions of Labour MP Jared O’Mara, whose sexist and homophobic comments have been widely reported in the media today.

This morning a member of your Shadow Cabinet, Angela Rayner MP, defended Mr O’Mara, implying that he was a now reformed character given that he made some of these comments fifteen years ago.

However, it has since been alleged that Mr O’Mara made misogynistic comments to a young woman in a night club just seven months ago.

I agree with Labour MP Chris Leslie who has called for these latest allegations to be investigated.

Violent, sexist and homophobic language must have no place in our society, and parliamentarians of all parties have a duty to stamp out this sort of behaviour wherever we encounter it, and condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

Will you be investigating the latest allegations made against Jared O’Mara MP? How is it that individuals who have made such remarks can be selected as Labour candidates? Will you be removing the whip from him while the investigation is carried out?

These comments show the deep and persistent stain on Labour’s ability to represent women, the LGBT community and wider society.

In less than a week, two of your MPs have been found to have made inappropriate comments.

LibDem leader Vince Cable adds:

“This is completely unacceptable behaviour, if he did make these remarks Labour needs to withdraw the whip from him immediately.

“People must have confidence that MPs will stand up against prejudice. As MPs we cannot let ourselves fall short of those standards, particularly in our dealings with the public.

“One thing is for sure, the Labour Party need to review their selection process for general election candidates.” 

Still no comment from Labour…

Tories Get Away With Call Centre Push Polling

Channel 4 News were pushing hard to nail the Tories for running a push polling operation – Blue Telecoms – during the general election. The Information Commissioner has now ruled:

We’ve found that two small sections of the written scripts used by those making the calls crossed the line from legitimate market research to unlawful direct marketing.

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