UK Prime Minister Theresa May just can’t catch a break in 2017.
From a botched re-election that saw her scraping by to stay on, to terror attacks allover Britain, to horrible Brexit negotiations over a falling pound, to Bombardier being threatened to lose its Northern Irish factory due to a US import dispute, she is now being presented with the latest scandal no female prime minister ever wants: sexual assault allegations for many of her male cabinet members.
Last week, <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/10541-UK-Trade-Minister-Sent-PA-To-Buy-Sex-Toys"> we told you how Mr Mark Garnier </a>, the British Trade Minister, had quit his position after it became known that he had sent his PA to buy sex toys.
In the latest twist, the highly respected and ever so British Minister of Defense Michael Fallon has offered his resignation in the most British stiff upper lip press conference that you will see.
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"A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct. Many of these have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces that I have the honour to represent."
Mr Fallon refers to the list that was leaked in recent days where female staffers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords warn each other for members of parliament that have ‘loose hands’.
The “sleaze list”, as it is called features 40 members of parliament of the Conservative Party, and has been causing widespread uproar in the past few weeks.
The document has been shared widely among members of the UK government, staff and an increasing numbers of journalists. It described some as having affairs, being “inappropriate” with female and male staff or in other cases being a bit too “handsy in taxis”.
Some of those allegations can end political careers, as in the case of Mr Fallon they now have. UK journalists did confirm Mr Fallon was featured on the list.
The list has been published in the UK press with the names redacted. The allegations, in no particular order, are: handsy at parties, inappropriate with women + paid a female to be quiet, sexual relations / inappropriate with women, sexual relations with member of his private office, inappropriate with female and male staff, handsy with women, sexual relations with researcher and others, inappropriate with male researchers, inappropriate with female researchers, inappropriate with male researchers – long history, handsy with females, perpetually intoxicated and very inappropriate with women, inappropriate with female researchers + handsy in taxis, inappropriate with male researchers and heavy drinker, inappropriate with female researchers and XXXX, inappropriate with female researchers + uses prostitutes, inappropriate with male researchers, inappropriate with female private office staff, inappropriate with female researchers and journalists, inappropriate with females, asked female researcher to do odd things, affair with female researcher, video exists of XXXX, inappropriate with female researchers (historic).