The allegations that Conservative MPs accused Angela Rayner of deliberately distracting Boris Johnson by crossing and freeing her legs in the House of Commons are “ridiculous,” the party chairman said.
The rage grows over an extraordinary news story, which the tories compare to the tactics of the Labor leader’s deputy to the fully clothed version of the infamous Sharon Stone scene in Basic Instinct.
It has been widely condemned as glaring sexism – and at the same time it badly reflects Mr. Johnson himself if he can’t concentrate when confronted with a woman’s legs.
However, Oliver Dowden denied the allegations in The Mail on Sunday, cautiously denying the denial that the allegations could be made by some conservatives.
“This is a completely ridiculous story that I don’t know at all,” the party’s chairman told Sophy Ridge of Sky News on Sunday.
But Tulip Siddiq, a Labor shadow spokesman for the Treasury, struck Mr. Dowden when he did not go further in criticizing the story.
“I think he should have been stronger when he condemned it,” she said in the same program.
And Mrs. Rayner said she had no doubt that Mr. Johnson himself was behind what she called “desperate, perverted scoundrels” – who also focused on her working-class background.
“Women in politics face sexism and misogyny every day – and I’m no different,” she added.
“I am accused of a ‘deception’ to ‘distract’ the helpless prime minister – by being a woman, with legs and clothes. I’m conspiring to “take him off.” I won’t repeat the rest – but you’ll understand. “
She added: “Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders have resorted to spreading desperate, perverted smudges in their doomed attempts to save his skin. They know exactly what they are doing. The lies they tell.
“A pot biography is given – my comprehensive education, my experience as a caregiver, my family, my class, my background. The consequence is clear.
“But it’s the prime minister who draws the Conservative Party down the drain – and the anonymous Conservative MPs who carry out his offers are complicit.”
The Tories have been accused of accusing Mrs. Rayner of using her female charms to represent Sir Keir on the prime minister’s questions and to sit next to him.
“She admitted it when she enjoyed drinks on the line with us [Commons] terrace, “said one MP.
Mr Dowden also acknowledged that Mr Johnson’s fine for attending an illegal party was more serious than a speeding fine – after the cabinet minister suggested that the offenses were similar.
Brandon Lewis, Minister of Northern Ireland, was ridiculed by this comparison and also wrongly claimed that Tony Blair was given a parking ticket when he was number 10.
But when asked if it was right to compare Covid violations to speeding, Mr. Dowden said, “I don’t want to compare.”