Three cabinet and two shadow ministers charged with sexual misconduct

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Three cabinet ministers are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, it has emerged.

Two shadow cabinet ministers were also reported to a parliamentary complaints body set up in the wake of the #MeToo scandal.

Since 2018, 56 MPs have been referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) in relation to 70 separate complaints, the Sunday Times reports.

The allegations range from sexually inappropriate remarks to at least one allegation that an MP bribed a staff member for sexual favours.

It comes weeks after MP Imran Ahmad was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager in 2008 and kicked out of the Conservative Party.

Tory MP for Somerton and From, David Warburton, has also had his whip stripped as allegations of sexual harassment against him are investigated by the (ICGS).

Somerton and From Conservative MP David Warburton also had the lash suspended earlier this month after it emerged he was under investigation for alleged sexual harassment.

Imran Ahmad Khan arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, where he is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy in 2008. He is accused of a single count of sexual assault against the then-teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. Picture date: Monday April 11, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Khan. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It comes just weeks after Tory MP Imran Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008 (Image: PA).

Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA union, which represents officials, told the Sunday Times: “While some of the procedures for raising complaints have improved, the basic balance of power between MPs and the staff they employ has not changed.

“Where this exists, it will inevitably be exploited, either by those who lack the skills to effectively manage employees or by those with more malicious intentions.

“It comes as no surprise, then, that the circumstances that made bullying and harassment possible have not fundamentally changed.

“Parliamentary authorities need to address the root causes of bullying and harassment, rather than simply relying on an enforcement mechanism that only protects those who feel able to make complaints.”

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