The Tories got into hot water over the appointment and resignation of rampant misogynist Toby Young to their new Office for Students quango. But beyond Young’s obsession with tweeting about breasts, the Tories have a women problem right at the top of their party.
1. Boris Johnson
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leapt to the defence of Toby Young, praising his “independence, rigor and caustic wit”, but he has his own record of misogynistic comments. Sharing Toby Young’s own obsession, he once told voters that “voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts”.
He previously remarked that women go to university because “they’ve got to find men to marry”, and wrote “I sometimes wonder if they really want to work quite so hard”. In a series of articles from his career as a journalist he called women “hot totty”, referred to a pornographic calendar that he hung from his work desk, and advised his successor to “pat [his publisher] on the bottom and send her on her way”. Even Toby didn’t put it into print.
2. David Davis
David Davis has a long and sordid history of misogyny. Last year he responded to a friend’s suggestion that he may have hugged Diane Abbott by saying “I am not blind”. He promoted his 2005 leadership campaign by posing with two women in T-shirts reading “It’s DD for me!” And let’s not forget that his own wife described him as “a male chauvinist pig”.
3. Philip Hammond
In July Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond told the assembled members of the Cabinet that driving trains was so easy that “even a woman can do it”.
4. George Osborne
Former Chancellor George Osborne gets in on the act too, reportedly telling colleagues that he wanted Theresa May “chopped up in bags in my freezer”.
5. Michael Fallon
Disgraced Defence Secretary Michael Fallon had a reputation for misogyny well before he resigned over allegations of sexual harassment. In 2014 he was embroiled in a controversy over reports that he had called the author Bryony Gordon a “slut”.
6. Simon Hoare
Last year Tory MP Simon Hoare told a packed Westminster Hall debate on sex education “I am sure my wife will then promise to give me some sex education after she has dealt with the children”. Gross.
7. Bob Stewart
Senior Tory Bob Stewart called a female journalist “totty” to her face, before waving away criticism of the remark as “political correctness”.
8. Craig MacKinlay
Tory MP Craig MacKinlay told a meeting at October’s Tory conference that jobless people should work on farms so they can meet “loads of gorgeous EU women”.
9. Peter Cuthbertson
2017 Tory candidate Peter Cuthbertson’s misogyny was exposed when the papers uncovered a blog in which he expressed his view that women “of low morals were more likely to consent to sex”. Theresa May defended him saying “Peter has made it clear that his views have changed.”
10. Theresa May
That’s right – in 2002 Theresa May admitted that her party had a problem with women. She told her party conference “some people call us the nasty party” and that “in recent years a number of politicians have behaved disgracefully … let’s face it, some of them have stood on this platform.”