Tory MP leaves court after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy
Tory MP Crispin Blunt has been stigmatized as ‘shameful’ after defending Imran Ahmad Khan, a Wakefield MP who was expelled from the party following his conviction in a child sex crime case.
On Monday, Khan was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy more than a decade before he entered parliament and is now awaiting a sentence.
Mr. Blunt, who is also chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights (APPG), criticized his sentence, saying that Khan was the victim of a “terrible mistake of justice” and that his sentence would be an “international scandal”. . “Terrible” consequences for gay Muslims around the world.
His comments drew widespread condemnation from several members, with SNP lawmakers Martin Docherty-Hughes and Stewart McDonald resigning as vice president and calling for him to step down.
Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “ranking hypocrisy” in using “schemes” to reduce the tax burden as the life crisis worsened.
The beleaguered multi-millionaire chancellor, faced with questions about her family’s tax arrangements, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister a few days later demanding an investigation. Independent revealed his wife’s “non-dom” tax status.
Starmer accuses Sunak of ‘ordinary hypocrisy’
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “rank hypocrisy” in using “schemes” to reduce the tax burden as the livelihood crisis worsened.
Sir Keir said he was uncomfortable with the overseas tax status system, but didn’t think politicians should file their own tax returns.
“There is nothing to disclose on my tax returns,” he said. Guardian.
He said the situation presented a “broader issue” where politicians had no contact with the lives of the people.
“I think before even getting to the non-dom issue, the prime minister’s response to the spring statement – the real pressures on people – showed that he didn’t understand it. »
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Push back Blunt: “It’s time for the chair to go”
Labor leader Anneliese Dodds called Crispin Blunt’s statement “shameful” and said Boris Johnson and Tory President Oliver Dowden “should take action against this Conservative MP and distance their parties from his comments”.
SNP MPs Stewart McDonald and Martin Docherty-Hughes also pushed back against Mr Blunt.
And Mr. Docherty-Hughes said the intervention was “totally inappropriate”, adding: “It’s time for the president to go. Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has called for his “expulsion from the Conservative Party for this statement.”
“He just defended the convicted attacker of a 15-year-old boy and therefore attacked the underage victim. »
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Conservative MP stigmatized as ‘shameful’ for defending Khan
Tory MP Crispin Blunt has been stigmatized as ‘shameful’ after standing up for a colleague who was expelled from the party following his conviction for a child sex offence.
Mr. Blunt, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights (APPG), denounced the sentencing of Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan as an “international scandal” with “terrible” consequences for gay Muslims around the world.
But it was denounced by Labor leader Anneliese Dodds, who urged Boris Johnson and Conservative president Oliver Dowden to keep their parties out of words.
And it faced a backlash from APPG members when SNP lawmakers Martin Docherty-Hughes and Stewart McDonald stepped down from their posts as vice president and urged him to withdraw. SNP’s Joanna Cherry and Kirsten Oswald and Labor MP Chris Bryant left the group due to “entirely inappropriate” statements.
Read the details in this report from our political editor Andrew Woodcock.
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