Ministers code of conduct rewritten after sex scandal

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  • Theresa May promised to overhaul rules after Parliament his by assault claims
  •  Code says inappropriate behaviour including harassment will not be tolerated 
  • Damian Green and Sir Michael Fallon quit Cabinet after harassment claims

Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline

The code of conduct for ministers has been rewritten in the wake of the sex harassment claims which rocked Westminster.

The new rules explicitly warn politicians that inappropriate behaviour, including harassment or bullying of staff and colleagues, ‘will not be tolerated’. 

It comes after women came forward to reveal they had been sexually assaulted, harassed and bullied by politicians.

Former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon and former deputy PM Damian Green were both forced to quit from the Cabinet after being hit by allegations of sexual misconduct.

Theresa May(pictured with her new Cabinet in No10 today) pledged to overhaul procedures in Parliament to give MPs staff and other workers greater protection.

Theresa May(pictured with her new Cabinet in No10 today) pledged to overhaul procedures in Parliament to give MPs staff and other workers greater protection.

All the major political parties were hit by the scandal, which prompted Theresa May to pledge to overhaul procedures in Parliament to give MPs staff and other workers greater protection. 

Sir Michael quit after he was accused of lunging at a journalist after a work lunch several years ago. 

While Mr Green was accused of making an inappropriate pass at Tory activist Kate Maltby and faced allegations by ex police detectives that they uncovered extreme porn on his office computer during a raid on is Commons office in 2008.

Mr Green denied watching the porn or being inappropriate, but was forced to quit after a Cabinet Office investigation found he had issued two ‘inaccurate and misleading’ statements denying he knew anything about the porn discovery.

Sir Michael quit after he was accused of lunging at a journalist after a work lunch several years ago.

While Mr Green was accused of making an inappropriate pass at Tory activist Kate Maltby and faced allegations by ex police detectives that they uncovered extreme porn on his office computer during a raid on is Commons office in 2008

Former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon (pictured left) and former deputy PM Damian Green (pictured right) were both forced to quit form the Cabinet after being hit by allegations of sexual misconduct

Labour was also hit by the scandal, with party activist Bex Bailey bravely waiving her right to anonymity to say she was raped by someone ‘senior’ to her in the party at an official event when she was just 19 but advised not to tell the police. 

The code of conduct has also been beefed up to clarify the rules over what foriegn politicians ministers can meet when abroad on unofficial business.

It came after Priti Patel was effectively sacked as international development secretary after she met with a string of Israeli politicians during her summer break in the country.  

The code now states: ‘Ministers should be professional in all their dealings and treat all those with whom they come into contact with consideration and respect. 

‘Working relationships, including with civil servants, ministerial and parliamentary colleagues and parliamentary staff should be proper and appropriate. 

‘Harassing, bullying or other inappropriate or discriminating behaviour wherever it takes place is not consistent with the Ministerial Code and will not be tolerated.’ 



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