|May orders action after harassment allegations against minister|
Monday, 30 October 2017
Theresa May orders action after harassment allegations against minister
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday called for tougher rules governing MPs’ conduct after a government minister was accused of asking his secretary to buy sex toys.
Expressing her concern in a letter to the House of Commons speaker — a lawmaker who acts as its impartial chief officer — May said current disciplinary procedures lack “the required teeth”.
“I do not believe that this situation can be tolerated any longer. It is simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education,” she wrote.
The premier’s letter was prompted by allegations against Mark Garnier by his former secretary in The Mail on Sunday. Caroline Edmondson told the newspaper that the Conservative party lawmaker gave her money to buy two vibrators from a London sex store in 2010. The paper also reported that Edmondson, who now works for another lawmaker, said Garnier also described her in lewd terms on one occasion, in front of witnesses.