Ruth Davidson makes a bizarre bid to back away from Stephen Crabb
The sexting former cabinet minister was once described by Davidson as her ‘political soulmate’
The deepening of Westminster’s sexual harassment scandal has now seen 36 serving Tory MPs named on a ‘dossier of shame’ being circulated by junior party aides.
It is said to contain extraordinary and unverified allegations about various backbenchers, ministers - and two members of Theresa May's current cabinet.
The list also alleges that a video is circulating of one Tory backbencher engaged in an extreme sex act with three men.
On Monday morning, only two of the 36 - Mark Garnier and Stephen Crabb - had been named. And fellow Tories are already turning their backs on their under-fire colleagues.
In particular, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson now appears very keen to distance herself from the MP who she once called her "political soulmate"
After Crabb apologised at the weekend for “sexual chatter” with a teenager, Davidson’s office got in touch with one writer via Twitter.
Laura Waddell was taken to task for saying that Davidson had backed Crabb for Tory leader. Back in June.
“Perhaps unwittingly, your tweets are being used as evidence in discussions regarding to current Westminster situation,” Waddell was told.
In an outcome that Davison’s office had perhaps not hoped for, Waddell pointed out that Davidson had indeed appeared to back Crabb – who voted against equal marriage – for leader before finally plumping for Theresa May. And she made the whole thing public.