Thursday 19 July 2018 / 7:35 AM Dawn Butler / Women and Equalities

Dawn Butler comments on Conservatives breaking pairing arrangement

Dawn Butler MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, responding to reports that the Tory Chief whip, Julian Smith, told MPs to defy pairing deals, said:

“If these reports are correct, the Tory whips, Brandon Lewis and even the Prime Minister have been telling untruths about their shocking move against an MP on maternity leave.

“Breaking a pairing arrangement was a desperate move by a collapsing government and makes politics even more inaccessible for women.

“We need a full, honest explanation of what’s gone on. If they can’t do so, surely the Chief Whip and Conservative Party Chair should resign.”