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Minister resigns over sexually explicit messages – is Westminster back to business as usual?

On his way to the backbenches: Andrew Griffiths.

After a week in which the Tory government was rocked by major cabinet resignations and a threat of more to come every day, due to Brexit, a Tory minister quitting after being exposed as a sex pest must be a return to normality.

The behaviour of Andrew Griffiths, which he appears to have admitted, is a reminder of the kind of attitude that relegated Michael Fallon and Damian Green to the backbenches last year.

He isn’t on the now-notorious Tory “sex spreadsheet” – the list of high-ranking Conservatives who were known to the party whips at the time, and who they could therefore control, using this information.

So it seems that list was not exhaustive and more ministerial misdemeanours of the sexual variety may be waiting to be exposed.

A government minister has resigned [as Minister for Small Business] following allegations that he sent two female constituents “depraved” sexual messages.

Andrew Griffiths, the Conservative MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, whose wife gave birth to their first child in April, said in a statement he was “deeply ashamed” and was “seeking professional help to ensure it never happens again”.

Griffiths, who once worked as Theresa May’s chief of staff, is accused of sending 2,000 messages including lewd comments to a 28-year-old barmaid and her friend on social media over a three-week period.

Source: Minister resigns after sending constituents explicit messages | Politics | The Guardian

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The mark of the leader: Tories make personal insults but Corbyn only gets angry at injustice to others

Here’s an excellent observation on the Jeremy Corbyn ‘heckle’ incident.

This Site reported on the exchange here, and there’s a great follow-up on the Skwawkbox site, as follows. This Writer agrees with all the sentiments expressed below:

Facebook user Lell Gee made a comment that shed a bright light on the significance of Corbyn’s reaction:

For those who can’t read images, Lell Gee wrote: “Isn’t it telling that during all the slurs and verbal assaults on Corbyn personally he never lost his temper, but when he is talking about the British people’s suffering under this current regime he gets angry and passionate? This is a man who genuinely cares about the public and is desperate to help them.”

Corbyn faced lies, slurs, insults, mockery of his clothes and worse from the Tory benches. From right-wing Labour MPs not fit to represent their members, he faced lies, disloyaltysmears, briefing, undermining and an attempt to crush him.

And he didn’t lose his temper once – or even appear close.

But when Tories sneer and dismiss the vulnerable, the put-upon and those discarded by this consciously-cruel government? Then this ensues:

This is what the UK is crying out for in its leaders – and why Corbyn has the stature and character to be fit for leadership.

Source: Vid: All the abuse, Corbyn kept cool. Tories scoff at vulnerable, this happens | The SKWAWKBOX


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Which Tory disgraced himself, his party and his constituency with ‘care home’ heckle on Jeremy Corbyn?

Andrew Griffiths MP: Is he the guilty party?

Conservative Party whip Andrew Griffiths needs to come clean.

It has been alleged that this man, the MP for Burton, made an “ageist and inappropriate remark” while Jeremy Corbyn was responding to Philip Hammond’s Budget speech.

As Mr Corbyn spoke in defence of elderly people suffering cuts in care budgets, it has been suggested that Mr Griffiths – hiding out of sight of the Speaker’s chair – said the Labour leader should “be in a care home” himself.

Mr Corbyn heard – and you can watch his reaction here:

As Labour MPs got to their feet and pointed towards the exit, shouting “shame on you”,and “get out”, a visibly infuriated Mr Corbyn snapped: “I hope the honourable member begins to understand what it’s like to wait for social care stuck in a hospital bed while other people are having to give up their work to care for them.

“The uncaring, uncouth attitude of certain members opposite needs to be called out.”

Members of Parliament and the public have expressed their fury at the heckle:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/933381678759849984

Some have called for the Speaker and his team to take action:

And Mr Griffiths was suggested as the culprit:

So Andrew Griffiths needs to clarify matters – right now.

If he did say the offending words, he must apologise to Mr Corbyn, to elderly care home residents – and their carers, to Parliament, to his colleagues in the Tory Whip’s office – who will have been disgraced if one of their colleagues misbehaved in such a manner, to the general public… and to his constituents in Burton, who would be humiliated if their representative was responsible for such childish behaviour.

It is disrespectful – not just to the Leader of the Opposition, but to the occasion, to Parliament, and to the people of the United Kingdom.

If Mr Griffiths did say those words, then the electorate of Burton would be well-advised to reconsider their decision to put him in Parliament with a majority of more than 10,000. His local Conservative Association would be wise to think about fielding another candidate at the next general election (which may not be too far in the future, remember).

But if he didn’t, then he needs to find out who was responsible and force that person to own up.

In that circumstance, the real culprit would be doubly cowardly, having not only made the comment, but having let Mr Griffiths take the blame for it. One could argue that as a Whip, responsible for maintaining discipline in his party, it is Mr Griffiths’ responsibility.

So its up to Andrew Griffiths. What is he going to do?

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