Boris Johnson latest: Minister rejects ‘demeaning’ call for shortlist of women to replace ‘Porn MP’

Neil Parish resigns after admitting watching porn in the Commons

A government minister has rejected calls for a shortlist of women to find a replacement for disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has said women-only shortlists for legislative candidates are “demeaning” to women.

She argued that it was better to encourage female candidates to enter parliament “on merit”.

“We don’t do that by putting in place quotas which I find quite degrading for women,” she told Sky News. “Women can get there on merit.”

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, also voiced his opposition to the quotas.

“I’ve never been a fan, frankly, personally, of quotas and shortlists,” he said in an interview over the weekend.

It comes after Oliver Dowden, the leader of the Conservative Party, pledged to ensure half of Tory Commons candidates are women amid allegations of sexual misconduct and intimidation by MPs in parliament.

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ICYMI: Interest rates are rising this week – expect a bumpy road?

Right now, interest rates are almost absurdly low, and I believe the current crop of central bankers will be judged harshly by history, writes Hamish McRae.

Read Hamish’s full article here:

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 10:14 a.m.

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More than 250 people detected in small boats after rupture in Channel crossings

Some 254 people were detected in small boats crossing the English Channel to the UK on Sunday after an 11-day break from such trips.

The figure was confirmed by the government as more people thought to be migrants were brought to Dover on the Bank Holiday Monday.

There is believed to have been an 11-day break in activity around the English Channel from April 20-30, when no crossings were recorded amid reports of strong winds and rough seas.

Updating its figures from Sunday, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that 254 migrants had been detected in seven small boats.

On Monday morning, more people believed to be migrants were pictured on the Dover lifeboat following what was thought to be a small boating incident in the English Channel.

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 9:55 a.m.

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Sturgeon: sexism in politics is getting worse

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes issues of sexism and misogyny in politics are growing, in part due to the impact of social media.

Ms Sturgeon told ITV Hello Brittany“I don’t think there’s a woman alive, not just in politics but in any walk of life, who hasn’t experienced somewhere on the spectrum of misogyny and sexism what is unacceptable.

“In a way, I think it’s worse today than it was when I was a woman starting out in politics.

“You get a little used to it and you get used to it as I see it much more clearly through the eyes of younger women.”

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 9:30 a.m.

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Sturgeon: no illegal referendums

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not hold another independence referendum unless it is legal and constitutional.

“I wouldn’t want to go ahead with a referendum that is not legal,” she said.

“The only referendum worthy of the name is one that is democratic, legal and can be effective.

“It would not be in the interest of those who want independence, let alone anyone’s interest, for a referendum to be anything other than legal and constitutional, because that is the only way to ensure the independence.”

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 9:10 a.m.

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Tories split from call to find female candidate to replace porn shame MP

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has said women-only shortlists for legislative candidates are “demeaning” to women.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse reports:

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 8:50 a.m.

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Outraged voters in Somerset burn Tory candidate posters

People destroy and burn election posters for a Conservative council candidate in Somerset, it has been reported.

Dawn Denton, election candidate in the Conservative Party of Frome North, said The telegraph she received a bad response when canvassed in the campaign

“Farmers said they were happy to put them up, but they are getting trashed,” she said.

“People say they’re going to put them very close to the election, because we know they won’t survive.

“I also had people throwing leaflets at me through the door.”

Matt MatherMay 2, 2022 8:37 a.m.

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Crispin Blunt quits parliament

A Tory MP who sparked fury by standing up for a colleague convicted of child molestation has announced he will step down from Parliament in the next election.

Crispin Blunt has been forced to apologize and resign as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights after condemning Imran Ahmad Khan’s conviction as an “international scandal”.

First elected MP for Reigate 25 years ago in 1997, Mr Blunt has been one of Parliament’s most vocal gay and transgender rights advocates since he left office in 2010.

In a statement announcing his decision to step down, he said he would use his remaining time in parliament to ‘continue to speak out against long-established populist views on political shibboleths which continue to cause damage to our society and beyond. “.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse has the last.

Namita Sing |May 2, 2022 8:10 a.m.

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Commons standards chief says he was ‘groped’ as young MP

The chairman of the Westminster standards committee said he was ‘touched’ by male MPs when he arrived in the Commons as a young gay man.

Labor’s Chris Bryant told LBC radio he never reported the incidents because he didn’t want to be “part of the story”, but would if it happened now.

Mr Bryant’s claims come amid a series of allegations of harassment and abuse of women in Parliament.

Namita Sing |May 2, 2022 7:55 a.m.

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Whitehall sources alarmed by Stilitz involvement in Gray report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s allies are questioning the propriety of a leftist lawyer advising Sue Gray in the Partygate investigation, the report has reported. Telegraph.

Daniel Stilitz QC, who provided ‘independent advice’ to the civil servant in her investigations into Mr Johnson’s alleged breach of Covid-19 restrictions, is a fierce critic of the Prime Minister.

He previously wrote a warning to Labor MPs backing the Brexit deal, saying they were a ‘mug’ if they trusted the Prime Minister. In another tweet before his election, Mr Stilitz called him a “fake news machine”.

The alarm from Whitehall sources over his involvement follows the suggestion that the Gray report is so damning that Mr Johnson could be forced to resign after it is published.

Namita Sing |May 2, 2022 7:45 a.m.

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Minister denies culture of misogyny in Westminster

Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has denied there is a culture of misogyny in Parliament, blaming it instead on a few “bad apples”.

Insisting that it is a safe place to work for women, the minister backed the resignation of fellow Tory Neil Parish for watching pornography twice in the Commons.

The incident has also sparked concern from Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who has demanded a ‘radical reform’ of working practices after a series of intimidation and sexual misconduct offenses involving deputies surfaced.

Read the details in this report:

Namita Sing |May 2, 2022 6:58 a.m.

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