Britain’s interior minister apologizes for joke about spiking his wife’s drink – World

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British interior minister James Cleverly apologised on Sunday after he was reported to have joked about spiking his wife’s drink with a sedative recognized for its use as a date-rape drug.

The Sunday Mirror tabloid reported that Cleverly, one of the senior ministers in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s authorities, had joked to feminine visitors at an occasion this month that “somewhat bit” of the drug in his wife’s drink each evening was “probably not unlawful”.

He reportedly joked that the key to a protracted marriage was guaranteeing your partner was “somebody who’s all the time mildly sedated so she will by no means realise there are higher males on the market”.

The newspaper additionally stated it got here the identical day Cleverly, the minister overseeing legislation enforcement, introduced new measures to sort out drink-spiking, together with modifications to laws.

“In what was all the time understood as a personal dialog James, the house secretary tackling spiking, made what was clearly meant to be an ironic joke — for which he apologises,” a spokesperson for Cleverly stated in an announcement.

The Fawcett Society, a ladies’s rights charity, referred to as on him to resign, whereas Britain’s opposition Labour Party stated Cleverly’s remarks have been unbelievable.

“Spiking is a severe and devastating crime,” Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, its house affairs coverage spokeswoman, stated on X, previously Twitter.

“Truly unbelievable that the house secretary answerable for tackling violence in opposition to ladies and ladies may suppose it okay to make jokes like this. How can victims belief him to take this vile crime significantly?”

Labour at the moment enjoys a powerful lead in opinion polls over Britain’s governing Conservatives forward of a nationwide election anticipated subsequent yr.

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