Tory lawmakers apologized for joking about planting a “bomb” in the Labor Party’s female chairman’s office.
Congressman James Gray of North Wiltshire spoke about Annelies Duds during an exchange of private lawmakers on the WhatsApp group prior to the Labor meeting. Sunday email report.
A Conservative member of the WhatsApp group, High Peak Rob Largan, asked a colleague: “Does anyone know where Anneliese Dodds’ Commons office is? I need to deliver something to her office.”
Gray replied: “Bomb, maybe?”
MP, the founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Army, has since apologized for comments.
“That was a stupid statement,” he said.
“I didn’t mean a crime, and I hope nothing was taken.”
A North Wiltshire lawmaker said the message was deleted almost immediately.
Dodds, a shadow woman and minister of equality, said:
“I would say that the broader issue of security for everyone in politics is very important.
“I think all members of parliament should promise to allow everyone to participate in public life without fear of intimidation or violence.”
Tory lawmakers have been accused of his comments, and some have called for his resignation.
Mr. Lagan tweeted. “Given what is mentioned in this story (my only involvement was a polite request for directions to the office to hand over the letter), James Gray’s” joke “was complete and complete. It’s easier to clarify what you think was. Inappropriate, he needs to apologize to Ms. Dodds. “
“I know many conservative female lawmakers are very upset by the comments,” said one Tory lawmaker. Sunday email..
“Bombs before and after the conference season bring back very bad memories for politicians.”
The second day of the Labor Party meeting will be held at the Brighton Center and the Hilton Brighton Metropole.
It is located near the Grand Hotel, where five people were killed and 34 were injured in the IRA bombing at the 1984 Conservative Party Convention.