Politics update: Losing Momentum, Cameron’s view on Brexit.
The Presidents Club Gala Scandal
A men-only charity dinner which saw allegations of sexual harassment was revealed on Wednesday. The Financial Times reported that over the course of six hours, many of the hostesses were subjected to groping, lewd comments and repeated requests to join diners in bedrooms elsewhere in the Dorchester.
An at least partial guest list, now widely published, features millionaire tycoons such as Sir Philip Green, television personalities, vice-chancellor of the University of Bolton, and internet entrepreneur Dan Wagner. The gala has announced it is closing in the wake of the scandal.
In further revelations, it was revealed that Conservative minister for Education Nadhim Zahawi was in attendance at the gala. Labour MP Sarah Jones has called for the education minister to resign for not reporting what happened at the dinner. Mr Zahawi responded to the reports by saying that he had attended, but that he had left early from the event. Prime Minister Theresa May said she accepted Mr Zahawi’s explanation, but was “appalled” at reports of the event.
Leftwing group Momentum have won only a handful of selections for Labour Party seats across England and Wales. The Guardian reports that 7 out of a possible 29 seats were won by Momentum backed candidates.
Momentum claims the results show they do not have full control of the Labour party, as critics often insist. A Momentum source said: “In one breath our critics will say we’re taking over the party and then in another, claim Momentum aren’t doing very well at getting candidates selected.
Cameron’s view on Brexit
David Cameron revealed his personal opinions on Brexit whilst wired up to a mic, speaking in a conversation with Lakshmi Mittal, the chair of a steel company. Speaking to the tycoon, Cameron said:
“As I keep saying, it’s a mistake not a disaster…”
“It’s turned out less badly than we first thought. But it’s still going to be difficult.”
The former Prime Minister – after calling the EU referendum in 2016 – described Brexit as a “self-destruct option” for the UK. He resigned on the day the results were announced, with Leave voters winning out by 51.9% to 48.1%.