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Until Thursday, it had been the most uncomfortable image of the Tory leadership campaign: Foreign Office minister Mark Field clutching his boss Jeremy Hunt’s wife by the head and kissing her like a vampire.
This was the last time that Field was in the headlines, just two weeks ago — at the launch of Hunt’s campaign.
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Now he’s back in the news after aggressively bundling a Greenpeace protester out of the Mansion House dinner, a blue riband City event attended by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Once may be considered a misfortune . . . but twice?
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The irony is that during a well-regarded speech in Parliament last month, Mark Field was stout in his defence of the Government’s attempts to ensure women felt safe from physical harm.
In the human rights debate in Westminster Hall, Field declared on behalf of the Government that: ‘Women are exposed to risks by virtue of being women; from sexual abuse, harassment, to domestic abuse and hostility in the workplace.
Words - Critics - Kiss - Lucia - Hunt
How hollow these words now sound to his critics. After his kiss with Lucia Hunt, it emerged that Field and his wife are close friends with Mr and Mrs Hunt, and he escaped with his reputation unscathed.
But following his dramatic clash with Greenpeace activist Janet Barker — who runs an angora wool business in Wales — Field, 54, is fighting for his political life after being suspended as a minister and referring himself to the Cabinet Office for investigation.
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Until now, he had been regarded as a safe pair of hands at the Foreign Office, where he has responsibility for Asia and the Pacific region. Before he became a minister in 2017, Field had been a backbencher since 2001 in the seat of the Cities of London and Westminster. He defended MPs’ rights to have second jobs, but upset colleagues by arguing before...
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