May gathers team as she struggles to control sex scandal

The Prime Minister (pictured last night) will attempt to get the Cabinet back on track today after a slew of controversies

The Prime Minister (pictured last night) will attempt to get the Cabinet back on track today after a slew of controversies

Theresa May is is fighting to control a slew of controversies threatening to engulf at least four senior members of her Cabinet.

The Prime Minister is attempting to get her top team back on track after the government was buffeted by the Westminster sex abuse scandal, blunders by senior figures, and resistance to Brexit.

Mrs May has already lost Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon over allegations of inappropriate conduct. Former chief whip Gavin Williamson is attending his first Cabinet as his replacement this morning - but Mrs May's decision to promote her close ally to the key position has caused fury among Tory MPs.

Meanwhile, Mrs May's trusted deputy, Damian Green, is facing a moment of truth in his own sleaze row. The Cabinet Office has been investigating disputed allegations he made a clumsy pass at a Conservative activist, and sent her a flirty text message. He has furiously denied separate claims that police found 'extreme' - but legal - porn on his office computer in 2008.

The Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom has also been under pressure over claims she failed to act on concerns about the sexual culture at Westminster, which were raised with the Commons authorities by an alleged rape victim over the summer.

The government has now found itself fighting on more flanks with calls for both Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Aid Secretary Priti Patel to resign.

It emerged that comments Mr Johnson made about a British mother in jail in Tehran could add five years to her sentence.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran last year after travelling to the country to take her young daughter Gabriella to visit her parents.

But Iranian police arrested her claiming she was a spy plotting to overthrow the government - which she denies - and was jailed for five years.

Last week Boris Johnson told Parliament Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was not 'teaching' journalism when she was arrested in 2016 and she was dragged back to court on a 'propaganda against the regime' charge which could add five more years to her jail term.

Mrs May has already lost Sir Michael Fallon (pictured front row, third from left) from her Cabinet and four other members are facing separate rows

Mrs May has already lost Sir Michael Fallon (pictured front row, third from left) from her Cabinet and four other members are facing separate rows

Boris Johnson, pictured entering Downing Street yesterday, will call Iran today to prevent a Briton having her jail term extended after he commented on her case

Boris Johnson, pictured entering Downing Street yesterday, will call Iran today to prevent a Briton having her jail term extended after he commented on her case

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran for spying but insists she is innocent and only in the country to  visit her parents with her young daughter (file pic)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella. Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran for spying but insists she is innocent and

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