Government minister Nadhim Zahawi given 'dressing down' by Tory chief whip over Presidents Club dinner

Government minister Nadhim Zahawi given 'dressing down' by Tory chief whip over Presidents Club dinner

Nadhim Zahawi is said to have felt uncomfortable at the event

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Government minister who attended the Presidents Club dinner has been called before the Tory chief whip and asked to explain himself.

Nadhim Zahawi received a "dressing down" from Tory chief chip Julian Smith, according to Government sources.

The meeting took place as the fall-out continues from the men-only charity fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel, during which women working as hostesses were groped, harassed and propositioned.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May has said Zahawi was "uncomfortable" during the event and left "at the point the hostesses were introduced."

Zahawi himself has commented on the event, tweeting that he "will never attend a men-only function ever."

The Presidents Club, a group of wealthy and powerful individuals, has announced it will shut down in the wake of the scandal at the

The Presidents Club, which said it was "appalled" by the allegations surrounding the event last week, has announced it will disband in the wake of Dorchester scandal, and will distribute any remaining funds to children's charities before doing so.

 

Theresa May is also set to target gagging orders that prevent women reporting sexual harassment, according to The Times. It has been reported that hostesses at the event had to sign confidentiality agreements.

Revelations arising from the event, first reported by the Financial Times, prompted the resignation of businessman and former Conservative MP David Mellor.

Mellor, a trustee of the Presidents Club and co-chair of the annual dinner, quit his role at the Mayor's Fund for London and the Department for Education.

A spokesman for the Mayor's Fund for London, which supports disadvantaged young people, said it had not had any involvement with the Presidents Club.

A number of third-sector organisations, including Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, which has benefited heavily from Presidents Club donations over the years, has said it will refund all donations in the wake of the allegations.