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Apr 12, 2014|
An investigation is to get underway into whether public money was used to fund a gay-sex party during a UK Conservative Party conference in 2011.
The pending probe was reported by the Independent on Saturday, with the paper saying it understands concerns were raised with senior Tory officials after the gay networking application Grindr was used to “advertise” the party.
The paper further said it understands that a suite of rooms costing up to GBP 2,500 per night was booked at Manchester’s Light ApartHotel by an organization called the Policy Research Unit (PRU). The PRU, which is overseen by senior Conservative figures, provides “parliamentary research” for the party’s MPs that is carried out by a team of mainly young researchers and interns.
A spokesman for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), the legislature’s expenses watchdog, which is to investigate the claims, has said, “...Allegations that the PRU has misused public money are deeply worrying and pose serious questions for the PRU board to answer.”
“We have received the proper assurances and evidence from all MPs who claim through PRU but, in the light of these concerns, we will be contacting PRU to seek further assurance about their work and that the claims fall within Ipsa’s scheme.”
Over one third of staff at Britain’s houses of parliament have been sexually harassed at work, according to an investigation.
The investigation by Channel 4 News program, which interviewed 70 people from all political parties, revealed on Thursday that two in five young male workers at the Palace of Westminster have been subject to unwanted sexual advances.
The probe, named the “Palace of Sexminster,” also shows one in four staff witnessed or was told of someone else being sexually harassed.