Moment Priti Patel is asked how she would respond if male colleague said best way to manage her was ‘to pat her on the bottom and send her on her way’… and is then told Boris Johnson had said it about his ex-boss
- Home Secretary was posed the question by ITV’s Robert Peston last night
- Said she’d tell colleague the comments were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘appalling’
- Peston revealed comments were said by the PM, but Ms Patel doubled down
Priti Patel was asked how she would respond if a ‘male colleague’ said the best way to manage her was to ‘pat her on the bottom and send her on her way’ – before being told that Boris Johnson made the sexist comment about his former boss.
Posed the question by ITV’s Robert Peston last night, Ms Patel said she would tell the unidentified colleague that the comments were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘appalling’.
When Peston revealed that the words were said by Boris Johnson when he left his job as editor of The Spectator, the Home Secretary insisted she would not accept derogatory remarks regardless of who said them.
Asked by ITV’s Robert Peston last night how she would respond if she heard the comments from ‘one of your male colleagues’, Ms Patel said she would tell him they were ‘unacceptable’
Peston asked on his show last night: ‘If one of your male colleagues said about you that the best way to manage you is just to ”pat her on her bottom and send you on your way” what would you say to that male colleague?’
Ms Patel replied: ‘I would not accept that at all, I would say to my colleague – if that ever happened – that it’s simply unacceptable, it’s simply not respectful, it’s appalling.’
Peston said: ‘I probably ought to tell you that that’s what the Prime Minister said when he left as editor as the Spectator about his female boss Kimberly Quinn. So do you want to tell the Prime Minister now that he shouldn’t have said that?’
In response, Ms Patel doubled down and said she was ‘not the type of person’ to ‘sit back and accept’ insulting comments.
Misogyny will now be recorded as a hate crime
Misogyny will now be recorded as a hate crime by police after a government concession to campaigners in the light of the death of Sarah Everard.
Police forces will be asked to record and identify any crimes of violence, including stalking and sexual offences, where the victim believed it to have been motivated by ‘hostility based on their sex’, a Home Office minister said.
Baroness Williams of Trafford added this would be done on an ‘experimental basis’ from the autumn and it could inform longer-term decisions once the Law Commission’s review of hate crime was complete.
Hours before the announcement, prime minister Boris Johnson called for a change in cultural attitudes towards women’s safety.
The move came after a call by Labour’s Baroness Kennedy of Cradley, who warned of an ‘epidemic of violence’ against women and girls.
Gathering evidence about the prevalence of hostility towards women and girls was crucial to recognising connections, according to Lady Kennedy.
‘I wouldn’t hesitate, and believe you me, I’ve worked in all sorts of other professional sectors and I’ve worked in the City and I’ve heard all sorts of things said about female colleagues which are simply unacceptable.
‘I’m not the type of person – I think it’s quite well known – to sit back and accept disparaging and derogatory remarks and I myself have been subject to things of that nature in the past. It’s just not acceptable and I would speak out against that.’
Earlier in the day, Mr Johnson had spoken about the need to clamp down on ‘everyday sexism – although Downing Street refused to say that he himself regretted using ‘sexist language’ in his journalistic career.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, he said: ‘We have to address the fundamental issue of the casual everyday sexism and apathy that fails to address the concerns of women – that is the underlying issue.’
Mr Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton said the Prime Minister was being ‘candid and frank with the country about the measures and the steps we are all going to have to take to make sure that women and girls feel safer and more comfortable on the streets of their own country’.
But Ms Stratton and the Prime Minister’s official spokesman sidestepped questions about Mr Johnson’s journalism.
In a Spectator article in 1995, he said the children of single mothers were ‘ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate’ and called for action to ‘restore women’s desire to be married’, while in 2019, court documents revealed he described former prime minister David Cameron as a ‘girly swot’.
Asked if the Prime Minister regretted some of his comments, Ms Stratton said: ‘Women across the country now want real action and will be pleased to hear their Prime Minister evidently understanding that what too many of them experience on our streets at night – and sometimes in the day as well – is something being taken seriously at the top of government.’
Questioned whether Mr Johnson’s position was ‘the odd bit of sexist language is OK’ but the important thing was the action taken to help women, Ms Stratton said: ‘You have got his language from the House today.’
Posed the question by ITV’s Robert Peston last night, Ms Patel said she would tell the unidentified colleague that the comments were ‘unacceptable’ and ‘appalling’
When Peston revealed that the words were said by Boris Johnson when he left his job as editor of The Spectator, Ms Patel said she would not accept derogatory remarks from anyone
There have been more than 140,000 response to a survey on the strategy, she told reporters.
At Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson agreed with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer that the death of Sarah Everard should be a turning point.
She said the Prime Minister had a ‘powerful track record’ on women’s rights: ‘If you look back to 2009 when he was London mayor he launched a call to action to end violence against women.
‘That was the first ever strategy of its sort for a major city.
‘It saw him quadrupling funding for rape crisis provision and opening three new centres in London and a host of other measures.
‘I just raise it because people should look back to his record – not just in government at the moment where you have this Domestic Abuse Bill going through the Lords at the moment but you also have the (Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts) Bill that will increase sentences for rapists and paedophiles and the like and you also have the current violence against women and girls strategy.’
Earlier in the day, Mr Johnson had spoken about the need to clamp down on ‘everyday sexism – although Downing Street refused to say that he himself regretted using ‘sexist language’ in his journalistic career
He said the Government is doing ‘everything that we can’ to make the streets safer for women but ‘unless and until we have a change in our culture that acknowledges and understands that women currently do not feel they are being heard, we will not fix this problem’.
‘And that is what we must do. We need a cultural and social change in attitudes to redress the balance and that is what I believe all politicians must now work together to achieve.’
It comes as Ms Patel urged against ‘prejudging’ a review into the actions of officers at the vigil for Sarah Everard (pictured) at Clapham Common
It comes as Ms Patel urged against ‘prejudging’ a review into the actions of officers at the vigil for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common.
She said the question of whether Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick should resign following widespread criticism of the force’s handling of the event was one for after a ‘full report’ into the police response.
Chief inspector of constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor has been tasked with carrying out the review and said he was ‘confident’ inspectors would report findings to the Home Secretary within two weeks.
In her Peston interview, Ms Patel said: ‘I work with the commissioner on all sorts of policing issues.
‘Actually, to run and jump to the conclusion that someone should have to resign off the back of what we saw on Saturday, without seeing the full report, is completely wrong.
‘I think, again, it’s wrong to end up in this sort of prejudging phase before we actually know the full facts.’
Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with Ms Everard’s kidnapping and murder.
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