The SKWAWKBOX reported earlier that Theresa May was accused of ‘betraying women’ when she broke a vow to MPs on maternity leave that she would ‘pair’ them with one of her supporters so that the absent MPs’ inability to appear and vote would not affect the result of votes during their absence.
Paired Tory MPs did in fact vote in order to save Theresa May’s skin in tight votes on Tuesday evening – votes that even Tory commentators such as Sebastian Payne are saying would probably have resulted in her removal had she lost them.
But that appears to be far from May’s biggest betrayal of women.
Tory Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom appeared on Tuesday night’s BBC Newsnight to be interviewed about new procedures for investigating sexual harassment allegations in Parliament – and dropped a bombshell whose enormous significance her interviewer failed to pursue:
Asked whether she had a quiet word with May before his appointment to warn her that now-resigned minister Andrew Griffiths was accused of ‘inappropriate touching’ and bullying, Leadsom told the programme:
No. As a matter of fact the process was carried out by the leader’s office.
May’s office knew, and therefore May knew, about the allegations against Griffiths when she was considering appointing him – and appointed him anyway.
May’s position is untenable because of her absolute chaos and incompetence this week, which has caused political pundits’ jaws to drop – and because of her betrayal of her promise to women MPs to save her position.
But her appointment of a man she knew was accused as a sexually harasser and bully is a greater betrayal of women – and of all of us. She is a disgrace – and as disgraced as Griffiths.
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