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City Of London Police Investigates Alleged CBI Sexual Misconduct

Police are now investigating alleged sexual misconduct at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

The City of London Police said its inquiries were “at a very early stage”.

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Waight said: “The City of London police takes all acts of sexual misconduct and violence against women and girls extremely seriously.

“We approached the CBI following media reports and our investigations are at a very early stage. It would not be appropriate to comment any further at this time.”

It comes as CBI director-general Tony Danker said he was he was “shocked” to have been sacked following an independent investigation into separate complaints of workplace misconduct against him.

In his Tweet, Mr Danker said: “I recognise the intense publicity the CBI has suffered following the revelations of awful events that occurred before my time in office. I was appalled to learn about them for the first time last week.

“I was nevertheless shocked to learn this morning that I had been dismissed from the CBI, instead of being invited to put my position forward as was originally confirmed.

“Many of the allegations against me have been distorted, but I recognise that I unintentionally made a number of colleagues feel uncomfortable and I am truly sorry about that.”

Three other CBI employees have also been suspended pending further investigation into a number of ongoing allegations.

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CBI boss Tony Danker sacked “It is already clear to all of us that there have been serious failings in how we have acted as an organisation. We must do better, and we must be better,” a CBI statement read.

“We apologise to the victims of this organisational failure, including those impacted by the revulsion we have all felt at hearing their stories. Nobody should feel unsafe in their workplace.”

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The allegations made against those working at the CBI – which was founded by royal charter in 1965 – were described as “devastating” in the statement.

The people who made allegations were praised and encouraged to keep speaking out.

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“The board wishes to make clear [Mr Danker] is not the subject of any of the more recent allegations in The Guardian but has determined that his own conduct fell short of that expected of the director-general,” the statement continued.

The main business lobby group for employers in the UK cancelled all its external events last week as misconduct accusations mounted.

Government officials also pulled out of meetings with the group and the big four accountancy firm EY ended the secondment of one of its employees to the organisation.

Law firm Fox Williams had been hired to investigate the allegations made against Mr Danker. That investigation will move into “the next phase” of its inquiry, the CBI said.

“The CBI is liaising with the police and has made clear its intention to cooperate fully with any police investigations”, a statement read.

Mr Danker had stepped aside in early March as the allegations were investigated. Before working at the CBI he held positions in management consultancy firm McKinsey, The Guardian, and helped create the Labour government’s financial crisis economic rescue package in 2008.

In its work to represent 190,000 UK businesses, the CBI has lobbied for policies to encourage women into the workforce.