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The Independent

MP seduced vacationers by posing as artwork skilled at Tate Britain, ex-minister claims



An MP seduced feminine vacationers at an artwork gallery, wined and dined them on the Commons and lured them again to his Westminster flat the identical day for intercourse, it’s claimed in a brand new ebook.

The politician preyed on starstruck ladies by posing as an artwork skilled, made fanciful claims about his energy, and acquired them dinner at parliament earlier than inviting them house “for a nightcap”.

The next morning the lady could be despatched “on her approach” whereas the MP returned to his constituency “with a contented smile,” in response to the extraordinary story informed by former Tory cupboard minister Andrew Mitchell within the newest version of his memoirs, Past A Fringe.

He doesn’t identify the “tall, good-looking and immaculately turned out” politician however his ebook is sure to spark a Westminster guessing recreation to determine the politician.

Mr Mitchell, former worldwide growth secretary and chief whip, says of the MP: “Early every Wednesday morning he would take himself off to the Tate Britain artwork gallery, alongside the Embankment from the Palace of Westminster, the place he would examine at size and assiduously the dominating murals that featured on that day.

“Armed with a espresso, he would then sit and wait till a pretty vacationer – normally American – hove into view and began gazing approvingly on the image.

“Shifting up behind her, he’d level out the fantastic thing about the brushwork and reward the exhibit as one of many artist’s most attribute items.

“Completely engaged, the lady would marvel on the MP’s data of artwork, enquiring whether or not he was an artwork critic. ‘In no way,’ he’d say, ‘I’m a member of the Home of Commons.’

“Eyes broad, the lady would then discover herself invited to the mom of parliaments: ‘I occur to have a spare ticket for Prime Minister’s Questions right now. Would possibly you be free to come back and watch?’

“And alongside she would come,” Mr Mitchell writes, to be informed by a “flunky” that the MP would meet her afterwards.

However this was yet one more ruse, explains the ex-minister. The lady would learn, once more falsely, that the MP had been known as to an pressing assembly together with his social gathering chief and requested if she was free for dinner on the Commons that night as an alternative.

‘“Wow – sure please,” the MP’s impressed and starry-eyed new pal would reportedly exclaim.

Mr Mitchell writes: “And so issues would take their course. Our American could be wined and dined within the splendour of the Commons Churchill Room restaurant, heading off afterwards to the honourable member’s well-appointed Westminster pad, conveniently located near the Home, for a nightcap.

“The next morning she’d be on her approach and the MP would head off on the lengthy journey to his constituency. It took many of the technique to take away the contented smile from his options.”

Within the ebook, Mr Mitchell says the MP’s behaviour was recognized about amongst parliamentary colleagues within the Nineteen Nineties.

He declined to determine the person, who’s considered nonetheless alive.

The paperback version of ‘Past A Fringe’ is printed by Biteback on 20 September.

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