UK Minister to be probed for asking female assistant to buy sex toys

by International | 31-10-2017 | 463 views

The Cabinet Office is to investigate whether Mark Garnier broke the ministerial code after he admitted asking his former assistant to buy sex toys.

Garnier, a minister in the Department for International Trade under Liam Fox, was the most senior of several politicians named in reports on Sunday, as allegations of sexual harassment swirl around Westminister after the Harvey Weinstein scandal encouraged woman in other professions to come forward.

The Conservative MP did not deny the accusations about events in 2010, made by his former assistant Caroline Edmondson in the Mail.

“I’m not going to be dishonest,” Garnier said. He insisted that reffering to Edmondson as “sugar tits”, as she says he did, was a reference to the popular BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, saying: “It absolutely does not constitute harassment.”

The Cabinet Office inquiry was announced by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, during an interview on BBC’s the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

He said: “The stories, if they are true, are obviously totally unacceptable and the cabinet Office will be conducting an investigation into whether there’s been a breach of the ministerial code in this particular case.”

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