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Michael Fabricant insists MPs should be protected from “vexatious allegations” of inappropriate behaviour

Michael Fabricant says politicians should be protected from “vexatious allegations” after he revealed he had been included on a list of MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour.

The document, circulating on social media, names a number of Parliamentary figures along with incidents they are alleged to have been involved in.

The Conservative MP has now gone public over his inclusion on the list and suggestions he had been involved in ‘inappropriate behaviour with a journalist in a taxi’.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

In an interview with The Guardian, Mr Fabricant said he had no recollection of such an incident and that no victim had come forward and colleagues and journalists said they had not been aware of any such stories.

But he said he had put his name into the public main in order to ensure the discussion over standards in Parliament was brought out into the open.

He has also called for an external body to be created to carry out independent investigations around any allegations.

“I am not particularly concerned about myself here,” he told The Guardian. “What does concern me, however, is the reputation of parliament and the damage that such claims can do. And what changes need to be made.

“It is absolutely right that MPs who abuse their position of power – particularly over vulnerable interns and staff – must be identified and punished. However, MPs should also be protected from vexatious allegations carelessly bandied around on social media by third parties for personal or party political gain.”

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6 Comments

  1. Darryl Godden

    2nd November, 2017 at 8:27 am

    There’s a couple of problems here; the accusation from people who have come forward or remained anonymous is that there was little or no provision to make complaints against MPs within the institution of parliament, therefore they had nowhere to go to have their complaint heard.

    How can he state that claims are vexatious and in the very same article state that there should be provision in place for investigations into claims of impropriety? The fact the no system exists negates his ability to call claims vexatious.

    On a final note, if he thinks that the reputation of parliament can be any lower, he hasn’t been keeping up with recent events and going back to the expenses scandal.

  2. Gillian

    2nd November, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Michael Fabricant is on record as saying it’s unfair to accuse MPs of sexual assaults if “everyone was sloshed”.How vexatious is that?! By making such statements he does nothing to raise the reputation of Parliament.

  3. Ken

    2nd November, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    “I am not particularly concerned about myself here.”

    Nor, it would seem, is he particularly concerned about the victims. Nowhere in the Guardian piece does he make any mention of what help they should get. His sole concern is the protection of his fellow MPs.

    Regardless of his own innocence or guilt one can’t help but suspect that he knows full well what other have been up to for years and how bad this is going to get for the government so he’s doing his level best to undermine the validity of any claims that are yet to surface – hence his strategic use of the word “gossip” in the article (and other interviews he’s given today) and his despicable use being “sloshed” as some kind of defence for sexual assault.

  4. Steve

    2nd November, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    If I pop in Lloyds Bank tomorrow and rob it, as long as I am sloshed. It will be OK?

    I totally agree that false claims should not be made. But claims should be investigated. Part of the problem, a lot of the MPs and Ministers are middle aged. The people who work with them are young and it is their first working role after university.

    If an MP or Minister did come onto you and you made a complaint. It would be the end of your career, not just with the current MP / Minister. It would be the total end of your current career.

    We have seen in the past with the expenses claims, a number of things have come out. Then it has snowballed.

    Rumour and innuendo, is very wrong. But all claims need to be properly investigated independently.

    Maybe Mr Fabricant, should keep himself out of the media. He is becoming a real embarrassment to the people of Lichfield.

  5. The Scribbler

    3rd November, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Saw him on the Cross City yesterday evening. His only concern seemed to be his appearance that night on a TV dating programme.

  6. John Griffin

    3rd November, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    BECOMING a real embarrassment, Steve?