Three cabinet ministers and two shadow ministers accused of sexual misconduct

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Three prime ministers face charges of sexual assault, it has been revealed.

Two shadow cabinet ministers have also been reported to a parliamentary appeals body set up following the #MeToo scandal.

Since 2018, 56 MPs have been referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) in relation to 70 different complaints, reports the Sunday Times.

The allegations range from sexually inappropriate comments to at least one allegation that a Member of Parliament bribed a member of staff for sexual services.

It comes a few weeks after MP Imran Ahmad was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2008 and thrown out of the Conservative party.

Tory MP for Somerton and From, David Warburton, also got the whip pulled back as allegations of sexual harassment against him are investigated by (ICGS).

The Conservative MP for Somerton and From David Warburton also had his whip suspended earlier this month after it emerged he was being investigated for alleged sexual harassment.

Imran Ahmad Khan arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, where he is accused of abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2008. He is accused of a single case of sexual assault against the then teenager, which for legal reasons can not be identified.  Image Date: Monday, April 11, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA History JUDGMENT Khan.  Image credit should read: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

It comes just weeks after Tory MP Imran Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008 (Image: PA)

Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA union representing officials, told the Sunday Times: “While some of the procedures for raising complaints have been improved, the basic balance of power between MPs and the staff they hire is not.

‘Where it exists, it will inevitably be exploited, either by those who do not have the skills to lead staff effectively, or by those with more malicious intentions.

“It can therefore come as no surprise if the circumstances that caused bullying and harassment to flourish have not changed fundamentally.

“Parliamentary authorities need to address the root causes of bullying and harassment instead of simply relying on an enforcement mechanism that only protects those who feel capable of raising complaints.”

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