On Wednesday Scrapbook reported the sorry tale of a Tory MP who attempted to throw a younger female colleague out of a lift reserved for MPs. The old duffer concerned has now been exposed as Conservative defence minister Andrew Robathan.

Presumably assuming the 34 year-old Walthamstow MP was a lowly parliamentary staffer, Robathan chastised Stella Creasy for using the members-only facility and demanded to see her pass:

The apology subsequently offered to Creasy in the tea room seems somewhat hollow given that the minister still denied to the Telegraph that he had behaved rudely:

“I was not rude to her at all. Not unreasonably there are some lifts that are for MPs and wheelchair users only. I challenged two people who I had never set eyes on.”

Forgive our cynicism, but Scrapbook finds it hard to believe Robathan, whose previous exploits include conspiring to block a Private Member’s Bill on debt relief “vulture funds”, would have challenged a middle-aged man.

Nasty man. Nasty party.


  1. Harry Barham says:

    Nasty grammar too “who(M) I had never set eyes on”…. So now he can’t speak or behave like a reasonable human.

  2. Tory MP accused of not recognising a Labour MP, by a Labour MP who had to ask for help in identifying the Tory MP.

    Both as bad as each other!

  3. @Ian: You’ve missed the point, which is not who recognised who but Robathan’s rudeness and that, in my view, he would not have behaved like this towards a man.

  4. nick Georgiou says:

    Ino rder to sound clever you sound instead like an idiot

    -future lift ejection beckons

  5. Come on, Stella
    this is getting really silly. You know that you don’t look your age at all! The poor guy probably thought you were one of those young temps hopping about Portcullis House.

  6. This is just a pardigm example of the bully party trying to throw their weight about. If I was there my forehead would’ve done the talking.

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