Caroline Lucas highlights all MPs under investigation for sexual harassment

The Green Party MP asked Boris Johnson if he agreed that sexual misconduct would be 'grounds for dismissal' for ministers.

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Caroline Lucas has highlighted that fifty six MPs are under investigation for sexual misconduct.

The Green Party MP spoke during PMQs and asked Boris Johnson if he agreed that sexual misconduct would be “grounds for dismissal” for ministers, which the Prime Minister agreed it would.

Drag row

Lucas said: “Fifty six members of this House are under investigation for sexual misconduct...

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
The Green Party MP asked Boris Johnson if he agreed that sexual misconduct would be 'grounds for dismissal' for ministers.
The Green Party MP asked Boris Johnson if he agreed that sexual misconduct would be 'grounds for dismissal' for ministers.

“The Prime Minister has just rightly said that there can be no place for sexism and misogyny in this House, so can he now confirm whether he considers that sexual harassment, apparently unlike bullying and lying, is grounds for dismissal under the ministerial code?”

Johnson replied: “Of course sexual harassment is intolerable and it is quite right that members should now have a procedure by which they can bring that to the attention of the House authorities and I think that is a good thing, and of course it is grounds for dismissal.”

The MPs have been referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme.

It comes as the Conservatives launched an investigation into claims that a Tory MP was caught watching pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons chamber.

Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris was looking into the “wholly unacceptable” allegations, with a spokeswoman vowing on Wednesday that “action will be taken”.

The investigation came after the Mirror and the Sun reported that the claims were aired during a meeting of Tory MPs in Westminster the night before.