Stoke Councillor Abi Brown condemns ‘Presidents Club’ and urges charity donations


Claims of sexual harassment at one of London’s biggest charity events have been labelled “unacceptable” by Stoke- on- Trent City Council Deputy Leader, Abi Brown.

360 businessmen, financiers and politicians went to the ‘Presidents Club’ event.

The club hired 130 female hostesses and instructed them to wear “skimpy black outfits with matching underwear and high heels.”

Some women were then groped, sexually harassed and propositioned.

Conservative Cllr Brown said: “In this day and age it’s absolutely not acceptable for these things to happen.”

Last Thursday’s event raised more than £2m for charity.

Some charities, including Great Ormond Street Hospital and Child Bereavement UK, are handing back the money donated from the event.

Cllr Brown said: “The real shame in this is that a really fantastic national organisation like Great Ormond Street Hospital was going to benefit from the fundraising.

“I’m probably not alone in hoping that people will recognise that and perhaps dig deep themselves.

“All the charitable organisations will want to feel they’ve received money from people’s generosity and not through subversive means.

“I suspect there is likely to be an increase in donations to those organisations because they should not suffer as a result of the Presidents Club outrage.”

Presidents Club co-chairman David Meller has resigned from his position as non-executive director at the Department of Education.

Some MPs have called for the resignation of the children’s and families minister Nadhim Zahawito, who attended the event.

Cllr Brown said: “We need to let investigations take place as to the level of involvement in these things.

“I know myself, as somebody in the public eye you get invited to all sorts of events.

“It’s not always clear what you’re being invited too necessarily or even sometimes things happen that you have no control over.

“I think it’s important that we have the full facts before we decide actually what’s happened around this.”

Nadhim Zahawi tweeted: “I told No.10 and friends that I arrived at 8pm and left at 9:35pm as I felt uncomfortable.

“I did not see any of the horrific events reported by the FT.

“I am shocked by them and condemn them unequivocally.”

The Presidents Club has now disbanded.


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