Anna Soubry has said Damian Green should leave the Government while an allegation that he sexually harassed a young Tory activist is investigated.
The Tory MP told Sky News that, if she were Prime Minister, she would tell the Deputy PM to “remove yourself” from the position until the investigation is concluded.
She was speaking after Kate Maltby, an academic involved in the Tory party, wrote an article for the Times in which she accused Green of sexual harassment.
Maltby alleges that the 61 year old Cabinet minister made unwanted sexual advances, including putting his hand on her knee and sending a suggestive text message. Green has said the allegations are “completely false”.
Soubry, a former criminal barrister, said of the allegation: “It looks like a pattern of behaviour. It’s difficult to believe it would be the first time.”
Her comments will add to the pressure mounting on Theresa May to sack Green, as well as remove the Tory whip from Stephen Crabb after he admitted sending sexually explicit messages to a 19 year old woman who applied for a job in his office.
Labour is also facing questions over its handling of sexual harassment after activist Bex Bailey alleged that she had been raped at a party event in 2011.
When she reported the incident, she was told by a senior party official that pursuing an official complaint could “damage” her.
Labour MP Jess Philips told Sky News: “I don’t wish to play politics with this because all parties are guilty.”