British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to condemn “misogyny” among his own MPs after a furious backlash over claims that an opposition politician was deliberately distracting him by opening her legs in parliament.
r Johnson was embroiled in the disruptive row over sexism last night after “anonymous” Conservative MPs claimed tactics similar to Sharon Stone’s infamous scene in the 1992 film primal instinct.
Angela Rayner, Labor Deputy Leader, responded to quotes about her in the post on Sundayand accused Mr Johnson of being behind what she called “perverse swabs” which also targeted her working-class background.
“It is the Prime Minister who is dragging the Conservative Party into the sewers – and the anonymous Tory MPs doing his bidding are complicit,” she said.
The Tories initially tried to shrug off the controversy, with party leader Oliver Dowden dismissing the newspaper’s claims as “ridiculous”. However, as criticism mounted, the prime minister had to step in, saying: “I respect her as a parliamentarian and regret the misogyny directed against her today.”
He made no mention of the sexism emanating from his own MPs and it is understood no attempt will be made to establish who was behind the briefing. It was also noted that Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries posted an identical tweet, raising questions as to whether Mr Johnson wrote the words himself.
The story claimed Tory MPs accused Ms Rayner of using her feminine charms, both when she fills in for Labor leader Keir Starmer on Prime Minister’s questions and when she sits next to him. “She admitted as much while enjoying drinks with us [Commons] Terrace,” one MP was quoted as saying.
Ms Rayner is also said to have known “that she can’t match Boris’ Oxford Union debating training, but she does have other skills that he lacks”.
In response, Ms Reynor tweeted: “Women in politics face sexism and misogyny every day – and I’m no different. Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders have resorted to spreading desperate, kinky graffiti in their doomed attempts to save his skin.
“They know exactly what they are doing. The lies they tell.”
Mr Starmer said the sexism displayed by those speaking to the Sunday newspaper was a “disgraceful new low for a party mired in scandal and chaos”.
Tory Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “If an MP or MPs really said that then it is absolutely disgraceful. No woman in politics should put up with that.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/boris-johnson-condemns-tory-misogyny-after-smear-on-labour-mp-41584076.html Boris Johnson condemns Tory’s ‘misogyny’ after slandering Labor MP