Small minor incidents of harassment are being blown out of proportion and women just have to deal with "the stuff of life," says a former MP secretary.
Several allegations of sexual harassment have been made against many MPs in a scandal which is thought to could be worse than the MP expenses revelations.
But former Tory MP secretary Christine Hamilton told Julia Hartley-Brewer the scandal has "just go so out of hand I simply do not recognise the Westminster that I know and knew very well and I still know. The idea that all these MPs are just doing nothing but trying to grope and flirt with women it’s ridiculous.
"I just think women have to deal with this, it’s the stuff of the life the sort of small minor incidents that have now been blown up" but "I’m not saying you have to put up with it at all – you deal with it."
She explained a junior minister "came into my office he shut the door he turned the key in the lock and put it in his pocket" but "I just explained that this was utterly ridiculous" and "I don't blame him. I wouldn’t dream of naming him."
She also believes "this wave of what you might call ludicrous allegations actually detracts from the serious allegations" which need to be "rooted out but let’s not muddy the waters with all this trivia."
Hamilton thinks "it’s quite wrong that people accused of rape should be named publicly and shamed when they haven’t even been charged with anything."
Listen to the full interview above