High dating standards

05 Apr

I have already taken legal advice.” International Development Minister Rory Stewart is another Conservative whose name appeared on the list, in connection to a former aide, Sophie Bolsover.

But an interview given by a crestfallen Sir Michael is likely to dominate the airwaves on Thursday.

The Tory veteran became snared in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster after it emerged he repeatedly put his hand on the knee of radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer during a party conference dinner in 2002.

“Parliament now has to look at itself and the Prime Minister has made very clear that conduct needs to improve and we need to protect the staff at Westminster against any particular allegations of harassment.” He explained, as he had done in his resignation letter, that he had in the past behaved in a way that was “below the standards that we require of the armed forces”, he had represented.

With other ministers facing allegations, Sir Michael said: “I think we’ve all got to look back now at the past, and there are always things you regret you will have done differently.” He added during the interview that Ms May had told him staff at Westminster need to be better protected and that claims of harassment need to be properly investigated, adding: “The Prime Minister has now set that machinery in motion and clearly, that from now on has to apply to all of us.” In his letter Sir Michael wrote: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.

James Greenhalgh, who did not know the MP, said: “His arm slipped down towards my buttocks, and he had a good feel round there and went a bit further in between my legs.” He said when he tried to report the assault a couple of months later, he was told by the MP's party that he could not make a complaint anonymously so did not proceed.In a separate incident, a former Conservative Party aide said her drink was spiked with a suspected ‘date rape’ drug in the Strangers’ Bar at the House of Commons. On Tuesday evening Labour activist Bex Bailey said she had been raped as a 19-year-old at a Labour party even, but when she tried to report it two years later was told not to because it might “damage” her.This is confirmed by our members who have found successful relationships.