For a few days the list of 36 Tory MP’s has been creating havoc. British politics and politicians have been facing an unprecedented period of accusations and revelations of sleaze, Freemason influenced cover ups, corruption and pedophilia.
It’s not just the political world that has time and time again been blighted with revelations of pedophilia, sexual exploits with rent boys and cocaine on breasts sniffing MP’s, but a number of UK Police forces and members of the judiciary, all of who are steeped in Freemasons.
One can only suspect that there are a few more than is normal, squeaky arse-holes running around Westminster at this moment in time, how many sudden retirements are we about to witness, how soon the next re-shuffle?
It is a list that nobody wants to be on: a spreadsheet with the names of 40 Tory MPs and ministers and allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, almost all of which are unverified.
The document has been shared widely among MPs, staff and increasing numbers of journalists, and briefly describes some as having affairs, being “inappropriate” with female and male staff or in other cases as “handsy in taxis”.
Some are allegations which, if proved to be true, could end a political career, such as serial inappropriateness and groping, to consensual affairs and sexual peccadilloes.
First leaked to the Guido Fawkes website with 36 names on it, the file has now expanded to 40, all Tory MPs, including 15 ministers of various ranks.
The allegations relating to two of the 40 MPs have already been aired publicly: those about the junior trade minister Mark Garnier, who asked a female staff member to purchase sex toys, and former minister Stephen Crabb, who sent “sexual chatter” messages to a 19-year-old woman who hoped to work for him.
The bulk of the claims concern what is generally described in the very brief explanations as “inappropriate” behaviour, often with researchers or other parliamentary staff, occasionally journalists.
Most of those allegedly on the receiving end of such behaviour are women, but in a few cases it is men.
Some of the MPs are accused of being gropers, with several described as “handsy”. Drink is occasionally mentioned, with one backbencher described as “perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women”.
One MP is accused of being the subject of an injunction for inappropriate behaviour with a woman, while another, the list claims, made a former staff member have an abortion after she became pregnant by him.
Elsewhere on the list – which often lapses into slightly old-fashioned language such as “impregnated” and “fornicated” – the actions which are described appear to be nothing more than consensual affairs and relationships.
Other allegations are connected only to alleged sexual preferences, with no suggestion of harassment or wrongdoing. Others are vague, such as the entry for one MP which says: “Asked female researcher to do odd things.”
However varied the claims and thin the supporting evidence, the gradual spread of the list is unwelcome for Theresa May as she struggles to contain the fallout from reports which have now also seen her defence secretary, Michael Fallon, apologise for inappropriate behaviour towards a female journalist.
During a debate on the issue on Monday, some MPs raised concerns of a “toxic atmosphere” in parliament.
The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, pledged that incidents of sexual harassment would not go unpunished, as she responded to an urgent question raised by the Labour MP Harriet Harman about allegations that have emerged in recent days.
On Sunday, May wrote to the Speaker, John Bercow, seeking an independent mediation service for staff wanting to raise concerns about MPs’ behaviour.