Theresa May is accused of ignoring a rape allegation against a Tory MP ‘in an attempt to cling to power’

Theresa May at PMQs
James Wright

Theresa May has been accused of ignoring a rape allegation against Charlie Elphicke and reinstated the senior Conservative MP just before her crunch confidence vote.

The prime minister also stands accused of ignoring the 2,000 sexual texts Andrew Griffiths sent to two of his constituents and reinstated that MP too.

In a tweet, former government whip Elphicke said “I remain as confident as I always have been of clearing my name”.

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Although Griffiths was reportedly likely to voted for May and Elphicke against, the MPs seem to be reinstated for the “foreseeable future”:

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This could also benefit May in any future vote.

“Disgusting self-serving tricks”

Many commentators have accused the prime minister of sidelining serious sexual misconduct in an attempt to shore up her own support:

May is hanging by a thread

May won the vote of confidence by 200 to 117 – a result that the flagship Conservative Party analysis website said would be “problematic” and make it “harder to assert legitimacy”. In an attempt to maintain power, May has now been “absolutely explicit” that she won’t lead the party into the next election.

In 2016, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn overwhelmingly lost a confidence vote from his MPs. But the vote was regarded as illegitimate. Mainly because hundreds of thousands of Labour members had only just elected Corbyn on the biggest landslide of any political leader in UK history. And the party members responded to the coup attempt by re-electing Corbyn with an even bigger mandate. This despite the former right-wing Labour ruling executive committee ‘rigging‘ the election.

By contrast, no Conservative members ever voted for May to be party leader. And almost two-thirds of Conservative members wanted Tory MPs to vote no-confidence in the prime minister on 12 December.

There is no majority for any form of Brexit in the Commons – especially for May’s deal. The fact that May reinstated a Tory MP accused of rape and another accused of misconduct highlights how weak and morally depraved she really is.

The only way to solve the Brexit deadlock is through a general election.

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