| Stephen Crabb |
|Born||20 January 1973|
|Alma mater||University of Bristol, University of London|
|Member of||Conservative Friends of Israel, Henry Jackson Society|
British Conservative politician. Parliamentary Chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel. Member of the intelligence service front group Henry Jackson Society.
Stephen Crabb is a British politician of the Welsh Conservatives, serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Preseli Pembrokeshire since 2005, and as Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee since January 2020. Crabb served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from March to July 2016. He has previously been a government whip, a junior minister for Wales and the Secretary of State for Wales.
Crabb is a Christian who believes in the practical value of prayer and who feels the church should play an active role in community life. He is a member of the intelligence service front group Henry Jackson Society.
MPs' expenses scandal
During the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal, it was reported that Crabb had claimed £8,049 for refurbishments to his flat in London that was carried out from July 2006. He sold the flat the following year and switched his second home expenses to the house he had recently bought for his family in Pembrokeshire, allowing him to claim back £9,300 in stamp duty and £1,325 a month in mortgage interest for almost a year while designating another London flat he was renting with a fellow MP as his main home. Crabb said in response: "I haven't claimed for things like plasma TVs, even though the rules allow it. My claims were always within the letter and the spirit of the rules".
Conservative Friends of Israel
Sexual harassment allegations
In October 2017, newspapers reported that in 2013 a well-known male MP had been sending sexually explicit messages to a 19-year-old female candidate he had interviewed for a role in his office. On 28 October 2017, The Telegraph reported that Crabb was the MP responsible for sending the text messages.
Earlier allegations about sending suggestive text messages had resulted in his resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary in 2016. Crabb apologised for the text messages, and on 23 December 2017 a Conservative Party investigating panel determined that his behaviour had been inappropriate, but did not constitute harassment.
A friend of the woman said they saw messages in which the father-of-two "said he wanted to have sex with her". Crabb admitted sending the messages and saying "some pretty outrageous things" to the woman after interviewing her for a job, adding that the messages "basically amount to unfaithfulness".