- Dossier circulating names 40 Tory MPs including six serving Cabinet ministers
- Damian Green’s email on hacked list of Ashley Madison members – he denied it
- MailOnline understands at least 13 named for merely having relationships
- Amber Rudd appears because of her relationship with MP Kwasi Kwarteng
- Mark Menzies, 45, quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 over rent boy allegations
- Two MPs named known to have had children with their staff after falling in love
The full list of Tory MPs on a ‘dirty dossier’ of claims about their supposed sex lives has been published in the US.
The spreadsheet, which includes six serving Cabinet ministers, has been partially published in the UK over the past few days.
However this evening the entire document, which also contains details of people’s relationships where no impropriety is thought to have taken place, was published in the US.
The document, which was compiled Tory aides and leaked to the press following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, contains several serious accusations against the politicians.
Senior Tories fear the controversy could end up being worse than the expenses scandal as more allegations are made and more senior politicians are named.
Tonight, a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by an MP during a work trip abroad accused Parliament of failing to act during an interview with ITV News.
Zara (not her real name) told political correspondent Paul Brand that the MP forced himself on her in a hotel room despite her ‘making it clear’ it was not what she wanted.
THE ‘SEX PEST’ DOSSIER IN NUMBERS
The controversial dossier runs to 40names in total, and encompasses all levels of the Tory party.
It features six Cabinet-level ministers.
There are 12 lower-ranking ministers.
Some 10 former ministers, including a handful who served in the highest ranks of government, are also on the roll call.
But while a number of the MPs are alleged to have acted inappropriately, around 15 of the claims relate to consensual relationships or personal sexual preferences – without any apparent misconduct.
It’s understood that police interviewed the MP but couldn’t charge him as the alleged assault happened in a foreign country.
In the dossier, one MP is accused of ‘making’ a researcher have an abortion after she fell pregnant and one MP and one Cabinet Minister ‘paying’ women to be quiet about their alleged behaviour.
The Cabinet Minister is said to have signed a non-disclosure agreement with a woman, while the former minister ‘paid a female to be quiet’.
Some of the MPs who have been named in the document by the UK press include Mark Menzies, 45, and Stephen Crabb, 44.
Mr Menzies quit as a minister’s aide in 2014 shortly after being asked about his relationship with Rogerio dos Santos Pinto, 19, who claimed the politician had given him a tour of Parliament before allegedly offering to pay him £250 for a two-hour session.
Mr Menzies resigned in the aftermath but said at the time that a number of the allegations made by a Sunday newspaper were untrue.
He is among nine people on the hit list of 40 names that have been named so far.
But at least 13 are MPs have been cited for having consensual relationships without any hint of harassment.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd was put on there only because she had a relationship with Eton-educated Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng after her divorce from AA Gill.
Rossendale MP Jake Berry is also named for having a son with his partner Alice Robinson, who was a Tory aide.
MP Justin Tomlinson, 40, who settled down with then 25-year-old aide Katherine Bennett in 2016 when he was already divorced is also named.
He quit as a ministerial aid in 2014 after denying allegations involving 19-year-old Rogerio dos Santos Pinto who claimed the MP had offered him £250 for a two-hour sex session after a tour of Parliament. The story was broken by the Sunday Mirror in 2014.
Former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb has admitted sending ‘explicit’ messages to a 19-year-old woman after a job interview at Westminster. Mr Crabb admitted saying ‘pretty outrageous things’ to her two days ago. Last year, Mr Crabb announced he was running for the Conservative Party Leadership but stepped down from the race after texting a woman in her twenties that he wanted to kiss her ‘everywhere’. His messages were leaked to The Times by a source, who said they were concerned by the ‘hypocrisy’ of Mr Crabb, who said he could be trusted on his values and judgment.
The Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest is accused of allegedly asking his assistant to buy two vibrators from a sex shop. Commons secretary Caroline Edmondson also told The Mail on Sunday last week that he called her ‘sugar t*ts’ in front of witnesses. He said: ‘I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest,’ he said. ‘I’m going to have to take it on the chin.’ The dossier also claims he acted in an inappropriate manner with women.
The Home Secretary has been included on the list due to her relationship with Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng. Ms Rudd, who was previously married to the late A.A. Gill from 1990 to 1995, is understood to have started her relationship with Mr Kwarteng from 2009.
The St Austell MP admitted having an affair with aide Sarah Bunt, 26, in June last year after rumours began circulating of their relationship during the summer. Mrs Bunt was hired to work alongside his wife Anne, 51, in his constituency office of St Austell and Newquay. He later confessed to the affair, which lasted for a few weeks, and told newspapers that if he had ‘known the grief it has caused I would not have done it [given Mrs Bunt the job]’. Mrs Double said she would stand by her husband.
The Rossendale MP has been named after having a son, Milo, with his partner Alice Robinson, a former Tory aide. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said the pair were ‘really happy’ at their son’s arrival in March. Mr Berry, 38, announced in September last year that he and his former wife of seven years, Charlotte Alexa, had divorced amicably.
In July last year, The Sun revealed the MP for North Swindon had ‘amicably’ split up with his wife and begun a relationship with researcher Katherine Bennett. Mr Tomlinson, 40, confirmed that he had grown apart from his wife Jo Wheeler and the pair divorced in 2015. Ms Bennett, 26, revealed they were in a relationship after posting about it on Facebook.
In 2015, the Essex MP admitted to having an affair with PR executive Alexandra Paterson after claiming Tory director Mark Clarke tried to get film of him leaving a London club with Miss Paterson.
In a statement released by the Conservative Party, Mr Halfon, who is unmarried but has a long term partner, said: ‘What I did was wrong, and I feel ashamed. I am not proud of myself. The most important thing to me is to continue to repair my relationship with my partner.’
He told a Sunday newspaper he had kept quiet about the alleged threat until Mr Johnson’s death. He said: ‘Mark Clarke is an appalling man – I wish I had never met him. I was stupid.’
Essex MP Robert Halfon is also on the list because the former minister without portfolio had a six-month relationship behind his long-term partner’s back in 2015.
The affair was with PR executive Alexandra Paterson, 30, who is chairman of the Conservative party’s youth wing, was entirely consensual.
St Austell MP Steve Double is on there for having an affair with his office liaison with Sarah Bunt, 26, but was taken back by his forgiving wife Anne in 2016.
Also named is former Cabinet minister Stephen Crabb, who has admitted sending explicit text messages to a 19-year-old he had interviewed for a job.
And Mark Garnier also makes the list for allegedly asking his assistant to buy two vibrators and called her ‘sugar t*ts’.
Another unnamed MP on the dossier, told MailOnline: ‘It is hurtful to be included and attached to something that is completely untrue.’
Theresa May’s key ally Damian Green is on Westminster’s ‘spreadsheet of shame’ which alleges he used the Ashley Madison dating website, MailOnline can reveal.
The Cabinet Office minister has vehemently denied he was a member of the dating site for married people who wanted to cheat on their spouses.
The allegation first emerged in 2015 when his work email address appeared on a hacked list of members.
He said at the time: ‘It’s nothing to do with me. I have never registered for an account with Ashley Madison’.
The Westminster ‘spreadsheet of shame’ reveals several damaging but unverified allegations about some of Britain’s highest profile politicians.
There is a Tory MP with the nickname ‘Copperfeel’ and several others also said to have a reputation for groping women and men.
One is alleged to have forced an aide to have an abortion and another had ‘paid women to be quiet’.
A politician is said to have been filmed being urinated on by three men, another MP enjoys sex with prostitutes paid to carry out ‘odd acts’ and a third seeks out men wearing women’s perfume, the list says.
Three female aides were asked to go on holiday with one MP while another politician ‘paid a woman to be quiet’, while a former Tory minister was said to have propositioned his secretary by asking her to ‘come and feel the length of my c***’.
Prime Minister Theresa May said today she ‘has confidence in her Government and her ministers’, her official spokesman said amid allegations of sexual impropriety at Westminster.
The document, said to be compiled by Tory aides disgruntled about their treatment, names six Cabinet ministers and other senior allies of the Prime Minister.
What was the ‘Ashley Madison’ website for ‘cheaters’?
Ashley Madison collapsed in the aftermath of its 2015 hacking which saw the details of millions of users released.
Those who signed up were predominantly married and the majority were men.
Me paid in ‘credits’ gets you 30 minutes of live chat with women members, who didn’t have to pay for the service.
They could then send private messages, ‘winks’ to notify another user that you have viewed their profile or virtual gifts, normally sexual images, and chat via instant messenger when both members are online.
Many would then meet for sex.
The site promises its members worldwide complete ‘anonymity’ and has the motto: ‘Life is short. Have an affair’ but hackers said they have exposed its members because they wanted it shut down, which succeeded.
Some of the people exposed claimed they were blackmailed to keep their membership secret from loved-ones.
Today, separately, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon apologised for repeatedly touching a radio host’s knee until she threatened to ‘punch him in the face’.
He made the gesture to Julia Hartley-Brewer during a Conservative party conference in 2002, the journalist has revealed.
A close friend of Sir Michael, a married father of two, said: ‘Julia’s a good friend of Michael’s. He overstepped the mark. She made it clear it was unwelcome and he rightly apologised 15 years ago.’
Yesterday Miss Hartley-Brewer, 49, said she was contacted by journalists about the incident in the wake of wider claims of sexual misconduct, but said she regarded it as ‘mildly amusing’.
Comparing her experience of a ‘misjudged sexual overture’ to serious harassment or assault was ‘absurd and wrong’, she argued.
In a statement on Twitter she wrote: ‘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 … should speak up now and provide the evidence to ensure any necessary action is taken.
She added: ‘I have not been a victim and I do not wish to take part in what I believe has now become a Westminster witch hunt.’
Miss Hartley-Brewer said the minister ‘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 … I have had no issues since with the man and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing, which is why I have declined to name him.’
‘Maybe everybody was sloshed!’ Tory MP warns of a ‘growing witch hunt mentality’
Tory MP Michael Fabricant, pictured on Newsnight last night, warned the Westminster sex pest scandal risks turning into a witch hunt
There is a ‘growing witch hunt mentality’ surrounding the Westminster sex pest scandal which risks dragging innocent names through the mud, a Tory MP last night warned.
Michael Fabricant said inappropriate behaviour must be stamped out but it is not fair to point the finger based on rumour or things done when ‘everyone was sloshed’.
His comments come as a list of the alleged sexual improprieties of up to 40 MPs – including current Cabinet ministers – has been circulated among Westminster insiders.
The dossier lists Tories who are said to be ‘handsy with women’, used prostitutes or made inappropriate sexual advances.
But as rumours of misconduct swirl around Westminster, there are growing fears politicians could fall victim to unsubstantiated and anonymous allegations.
Mr Fabricant, a former whip and MP for Litchfeild, told BBC’s Newsnight: ‘It’s not fair actually to base things on rumour – there has to be evidence.
‘And there mustn’t be witch hunts either, I feel there is a growing witch hunt mentality currently going on.
‘We have got to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is stamped out, it is wrong it is unprofessional.
‘But at the same time we don’t want to see individuals who have been blameless being accused of things which maybe they hadn’t really done, or maybe at the time everyone was sloshed. I don’t know.
‘You sometimes get that and we have got or be very careful we don’t get into that sort of situation.’
In the Sunday Express in 2009 she described how he had propositioned her. She wrote: ‘He was, he told me, a firm believer in the long-standing Westminster rule of … ‘party conferences don’t count’. I was, I told him, a firm believer in not going to bed with other women’s husbands.’
Last night, after Sir Michael had been named, Miss Hartley-Brewer tweeted: ‘Sigh. This ‘incident’ happened in 2002. No one was remotely upset or distressed by it.’
It came as Theresa May was warned she risked sparking a Westminster ‘witch hunt’ after ministers were told they could be sacked for making staff ‘feel uncomfortable’. The Prime Minister ordered a crackdown on Parliamentary sex pests after the latest Westminster sleaze scandal threatened to spiral out of control.
A spokesman for the Defence Secretary said he had apologised when the incident happened 15 years ago – and that both he and Miss Hartley-Brewer considered the matter closed.
The incident is believed to have happened at a Tory Party conference. Miss Hartley-Brewer said last night she did not see herself as a ‘victim’.
Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said yesterday Tory MPs faced being suspended from the party if unwanted sexual comments or advances were found to have made junior staff ‘feel uncomfortable’.
Mrs Leadsom, speaking with Mrs May at her side, said ministers caught up in the scandal could be ‘fired from ministerial office’ – and the threshold for action would be behaviour ‘significantly below criminal activity’. New proposals, including an independent ‘grievance procedure’ and training for MPs on how to treat their staff, would be brought forward ‘within days’.
But the proposals sparked unease. One female Tory MP called for ‘perspective’, while a female Tory peer warned of creating an atmosphere that might ‘encourage’ false allegations.
As the scandal threatened to engulf Westminster:
- The Daily Telegraph reported that two female members of a minister’s staff moved to other jobs because of his ‘inappropriate’ behaviour. A spokesman for the minister, who has not been named, said he did not ‘recognise’ the allegations.
- Downing Street refused to say if Mrs May retained confidence in trade minister Mark Garnier, after claims he asked a female aide to buy sex toys;
- One Tory MP warned colleagues on a WhatsApp messaging group that the scandal could ‘bring down the Government’;
- Labour faced questions about its own conduct after frontbencher Cat Smith said she had to ‘run away’ from a sexual predator in the party;
- A Commons researcher revealed an MP had asked him to clean his kitchen in his underwear following a boozy night in a Commons bar;
Mrs May was urged to investigate a secret dossier naming 40 Tory MPs as sex pests.
Yesterday’s crackdown followed a string of allegations that senior MPs, including members of the Cabinet, have sexually harassed junior colleagues over many years.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries said it was right to draw up a proper legal basis for dealing with complaints.
But she added: ‘We need to keep a perspective on this. Mediocre men behaving badly hold good women back in many workplaces across the UK, not just in Westminster. We need action in terms of separating the historic and legal behaviour between consenting adults, from that which has serious grounds for complaint. My guess is, that may boil down to very little.
‘Otherwise, it turns into a witch hunt which benefits no one.’
And Baroness Jenkin warned against creating an atmosphere that encouraged false allegations.
Senior parliamentary figures have met to discuss ways for victims of sexual assault to speak up ‘without fear’. The move came after Mrs May called for a new independent helpline to deal with complaints.
Commons Speaker John Bercow also called for change in Parliament amid what he described as ‘disturbing’ allegations.
Mrs May has been stung by claims she ignored evidence of sexual harassment because the information was useful to Tory whips.