Sunday 25 February 2018

Hidden microphones trip up another politician but many potential voters have already tuned out

Nicholas Leonard

YET another leading Westminster politician has been caught out by a secret recording. This time the man who has talked himself into trouble is the shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, and the source of his embarrassment is not money but sex.

Unlike the former Labour ministers who were trapped by a media sting last month trying to sell their lobbying services like taxis for hire, Grayling was surreptitiously recorded when speaking to right-wing party members at a private meeting.

He defended the right of bed and breakfast owners to refuse to accept bookings from same-sex couples. Grayling would undoubtedly be supported in his comments by many old-style Conservatives, but under the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 it is against the law to refuse goods or services to anyone on the grounds of their sexuality.

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