Lord Mendelsohn has been asked to stand down from his front bench position as Labour’s spokesman on business and international trade in the House of Lords. He was sacked after attending the Presidents Club event earlier in the week, a male-only event which involved inappropriate behaviour to the female staff.
A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said:
“Jeremy Corbyn has this evening asked Lord Mendelsohn to step back from the front bench as he attended the Presidents Club dinner, and he has agreed to do so. Lord Mendelsohn has previously made clear that he attended part of the dinner as president of a charity that received support from the event and he had no knowledge of an after-party. Lord Mendelsohn did not witness any of the appalling incidents described in reports and has unreservedly condemned such behaviour”.
There is now pressure on Nadhim Zadhawi, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, to resign from his post. Although the Prime Minister hasn’t taken disciplinary action him, she did criticise the event. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said:
“I understand that Nadhim Zahawi left early from that particular event. But when I read the report of that event that took place, frankly, I was appalled. I thought that sort of approach to women, that objectification of women was something that we were leaving behind”.
Sarah Jones, the Labour MP for Croydon Central, said:
“If it transpires that the minister did not report his concerns and that he was there on previous occasions it is absolutely surely obvious that he needs to resign – our women are too important, our young girls are too important to get this kind of message from our leaders and to think that it’s acceptable”.