Theresa May gets weekly updates on the sleaze scandals her MPs are embroiled in – but has allowed ministers accused of being sex pests to serve in her Cabinet, it was today reported.
The Prime Minister is said to be given a regular ‘ins and outs’ briefing which covers which politicians are having affairs, sleeping with prostitutes and taking drugs.
But sources claim ‘good, honest fun with other people’s wives’ has been treated the same as predatory sexual behaviour.
And Tory whips face allegations they have turned a blind eye to sex pests by failing to report them to police.
They are being urged to open their ‘black book’ of information on sleaze and scandals and report those involved to the police.
As Westminster reels from a slew of sex harassment allegations, Mrs May is said to fear the scandal will force her into an emergency Cabinet reshuffle.
Theresa May, pictured going to church today with Philip Hammond, is said to receive weekly updates about the sex scandals her MPs are involved in. She is reportedly worried the slew of allegations surfacing could mean she will have to hold an emergency reshuffle
The reports come as International Trade Minister Mark Garnier admitted to the Mail on Sunday that he called his secretary ‘sugar t*ts’ and got her to buy sex toys for him.
While former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb admitted sending ‘explicit’ messages to a 19-year-old woman after a job interview at Westminster.
The PM is given the regular sleaze briefing by the Tory chief whip Gavin Williamson after the 8.30am planning meeting in No 10, according to The Sunday Times.
A No10 source told the newspaper: ‘The whips behave as if it’s the same thing — a bit of a laugh.’
Another aide said: ‘Gavin would come in and explain that this MP was having an affair or that MP had been up to no good.
‘The ‘ins and outs’ stuff, the whips call it.
‘Theresa just sits there and doesn’t say much. On one occasion she said, ‘Why can’t they just do their job?’ ‘
Commons secretary Caroline Edmondson told The Mail on Sunday that International Trade Minister Mark Garnier (pictured) called her ‘sugar t*ts’ in front of witnesses
One Tory MP is reportedly dubbed the ‘lift lunger’ after groping a woman in an elevator.
One man who is now in the Cabinet reportedly placed his hand on the thigh of a senior female journalist and said: ‘God, I love those t*ts.’
While a Labour MP was reportedly thrown off a foreign trip for making ‘inappropriate’ approaches to a young woman.
Another MP is dubbed ‘happy hands’ for constantly touching women at meetings.
While another politician has been labelled the ‘taxi tickler’ amid claims he grabbed young women in the back of cabs.
And a Lib Dem peer is said to have invited a string of female journalists to lunch while insisting that they wear knee-high boots and short skirts.
Politicians from across the political divide have called for tougher action against those accused of wrongdoing.
Former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb admitted sending ‘explicit’ messages to a 19-year-old woman after a job interview at Westminster
Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, told the newspaper ‘The whips should not protect MPs they hear are accused of sexual assault.
‘They should be reported to the police.’
Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, said: ‘No male predator should be given cover.
‘In order for women to reach their full potential, the corridors of power have to be free from all forms of sexual harassment and intimidation, regardless of party.
‘This does not just apply in Westminster, but in all workplaces across the UK — especially those which are male-dominated.’
Justine Greening, the education secretary, said anyone who felt they had been sexually harassed should contact the police.
The Commons Speaker John Bercow is to hold a meeting this week to discuss greater safeguards for researchers and Commons staff.