Saturday, 12 April 2014

Politics: The Palace Of Sexminster!

A senior Conservative official has resigned amid concerns over the culture in Parliament exposed by the trial of Nigel Evans, the former Deputy Speaker.

Iain Corby, a former head of the Policy Research Unit, which provides support to 270 Conservative MPs, stood down earlier this month to look for a position in the private sector.

Mr Corby testified at the trial of Mr Evans after being one of several senior Conservative Party figures who was approached in 2009 by a young Tory researcher who claimed that the former Deputy Speaker acted improperly.

Although Mr Evans was cleared of all charges earlier this week, his prosecution highlighted the culture of excessive drinking between some MPs and young male researchers in Parliamentary bars.

The Conservative Party praised Mr Corby’s work and his “excellent leadership”. However, there is growing concern about the “louche” culture that may have developed within the unit...A survey for Channel Four News claimed that a third of the young men and women working in Parliament — nicknamed “the palace of sexminster” — had suffered sexual harassment. One worker, who did not want to be identified, said he was “asked to go to the gents by a certain MP who had always been a nice guy”.

Oh, it was him then...

In case you missed it it's Ian Corby!

Update: Tories ‘black book of sleaze’ and how they destroyed all evidence of MPs’ wrongdoing. Daily Mirror.

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