Neil Parish named as MP who allegedly watched porn in Commons as investigation launched

Neil Parish named as Tory MP caught watching porn

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The Conservative party has suspended the whip from the parliamentarian pending an investigation into claims he viewed explicit images on the green benches of the House of Commons. The veteran MP referred himself to parliament’s standards watchdog after a meeting with Tory chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris, who is in charge of parliamentary discipline, over claims made by two female colleagues.

Allegations first emerged at a meeting of Conservatives on Tuesday night when a number of accusations were made by female MPs about sexism and harassment.

One claimed they had seen Mr Parish watch porn in the Commons chamber, while another said they had separately seen him accessing the material in a select committee meeting.

Mr Heaton-Harris was said to have listened in horror as the accounts were relayed to him.

A spokesperson for the Chief Whip said: “Having spoken to the Chief Whip this afternoon, Neil Parish MP is reporting himself to the Standards Committee of the House of Commons.

“Mr Parish has been suspended from the Conservative Whip pending the outcome of that investigation.”

Mr Parish has been an MP since 2010 and is the chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

The decision by the Tory party to name him comes after more than 48 hours of widespread speculation as to the identity of the alleged porn watcher.

There had been growing demands for the whips to take action and suspend the MP while an investigation took place.

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