Mel B challenges sacked Tory minister over ‘what you told me in the lift’ | Conservatives
Mel B apparently criticized the behavior of sacked Tory minister Conor Burns during a conversation with her at the Tory party conference.
Burns was asked to resign as minister of state at the Commerce Department and had the Tory whip removed pending an investigation into alleged “gross misconduct” on Friday, Downing Street said. He later denied having met the former Spice Girl singer.
A spokesperson added: “The Prime Minister took direct action on being made aware of this allegation and it is clear that all ministers must maintain high standards of behavior – as the public rightly expects. “
Burns later promised to “clear his name” following an allegation of gross misconduct, saying he would “fully cooperate with the party’s investigation”.
He added: “Hopefully the party will be as quick to investigate as they were to rush to judgment.
Mel B, who attended the Conservative Party Conference as an activist against domestic violence, wrote in response: “Really?? Your shocked by this complaint??? Let me remind you of what you said to me in the elevator…” She didn’t elaborate further.
Responding to the tweet, Burns said, “I believe I’ve never met Mel.”
The singer, whose real name is Melanie Brown, spoke at an event at the conference, warning that domestic violence could slip onto the agenda in “these times of absolute economic chaos”.
The meeting was organized by the Sun and Women’s Aid, a charity of which Brown became a patron in 2018 after leaving what she described as an abusive relationship.
“We need to reform everything, the courts, the police, even GPs, even people in your work environment, HR, you need to have a safe place where you can go without any shame and know the warning signs” said Brown, who received an MBE for her services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
Brown and Burns did not immediately respond to Guardian requests for comment.
Burns’ full statement, given on Friday, reads: ‘Earlier I received a call from Chief Whip Wendy Morton. Ms Morton informed me that a complaint had been received about me and that she had forwarded it to the Conservative campaign headquarters for investigation.
“I have not received any information about the complaint nor have I been asked to provide any information. On the basis of this complaint, Ms Morton told me that the whip was retired and that I was resigning as trade minister. I will fully cooperate with the party’s investigation and look forward to clearing my name. I hope the party will be as quick to investigate as it was to rush to judgment.