Latest news from Boris Johnson: Senior Tory says the party is “shaken” by porn claims from Neil Parish

Neil Parish should be thrown out of the Tory party if he is found guilty, the minister said

Conservative MP Caroline Nokes has accused her party of “shaking and delaying” in acting against Neil Parish after allegations that he saw pornography in the House of Commons.

Two female colleagues reported Mr Parish, Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton, to the Tory chief whip on Tuesday, but his name was not released until Friday, after which he was suspended from the parliamentary party.

Ms Nokes, chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program earlier that hold up “felt like unnecessary shaking and delay”. However, she did not go so far as to urge her colleague to resign before the investigation is complete.

It follows criticism from MPs across parties, some of whom accused the Tories of “shameful” behavior by slowing down the decision to name and sanction Mr Parish. Caroline Dinenage, a Conservative MP sitting on the committee chaired by Mrs Nokes, said she could not see how Mr Parish’s “position is sustainable” and labeled the decision to allow him to remain a Member of Parliament so far “completely bizarre” .

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Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 10:17 AM

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See: Parish should be thrown out of the Tory party if found guilty, the minister says

Neil Parish should be thrown out of the Tory party if he is found guilty, the minister said

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 09:45

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The Tory party ‘very laddish’ under prime minister, says former minister

The Conservative Party has become “very laddish” under Boris Johnson’s leadership, a former women’s minister has said.

In the wake of MP Neil Parish’s suspension from the party for watching porn in the Commons chamber, Anne Milton said she was “angry” that those at the top of the party had not managed to lead by example by showing high standards of conduct, i.a. over the Partygate scandal.

Ms Milton, who served in the governments of David Cameron and Theresa May, but was deprived of the Tory whip by Johnson for refusing to vote for a non-negotiable Brexit and lost her Guildford seat after 14 years as an independent in 2019, said women had a less prominent role under the current leader.

Asked if there was a culture of sexism in the Tory party, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “It’s over two years since I left politics and it feels like it’s gotten worse.”

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock have more:

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 9:27 AM

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Tory whips accused of “clearing and delaying” in dealing with porn MP

Let’s hear more from Tory MP Caroline Nokes now, who has accused conservative whips of “noise and delay” in suspending Neil Parish from the parliamentary party because of allegations that he saw pornography in the Commons.

Two female colleagues reported Mr Parish to the chief whip, Chris Heaton-Harris, on Tuesday, but his name was not released until Friday.

“I felt by letting it lie until Friday before we knew the whips had taken action, that it felt like unnecessary shaking and delay,” Nokes told BBC Radio 4.

When she appeared on the Today program after Mrs Nokes, Secretary of Defense Rachel Maclean added: “I agree with pretty much everything she said. I think it’s right that there has been an intervention that the whip has taken the action he has taken. There should definitely be some time to establish the truth, facts in the case.”

In order for Mr. Parish not to refuse to watch pornography, she said, “That’s right, he was not.”

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 9:15 AM

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Senior Tory doubts Parish’s ability to do business while under audit

A senior Tory MP says it will be “difficult” for Neil Parish to spend the necessary time in parliament while he is under investigation for allegedly viewing pornography in the Commons chamber.

Caroline Nokes, chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, did not urge her colleague to resign immediately, telling BBC Radio 4’s. Today program: “I think it’s right that the investigations are carried out before further steps are taken.”

But when asked if Mr Parish should continue as committee chairman, she said: “It’s an issue that Neil needs to discuss with the party whips and take a stand on, but I think while he is under investigation, it will make it very difficult for him to be in the Commonwealth as much as he needs. “

Sir. Parish, who yesterday was named the infamous MP who watches porn, is currently chairing the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:57

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Watch: Parish speaks in the Commons debate the day after allegations of porn viewing

Neil Parish MP speaks in the Commons debate one day after the allegation of watching porn

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:39

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Labor: ‘Shameful’ delay by Tories in acting over Commons porn MP

Labor has accused conservative party whips of delaying action against the MP, who is accused of watching pornography in parliament, saying it was “shameful” that it was three days before Neil Parish was suspended from the party and referred himself to investigation.

The 65-year-old Tiverton and Honiton MP is believed to have been identified as chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris by two female MPs on Tuesday, but his name was not revealed until Friday when he submitted himself to a Commons standards commissioner Kathryn Stone .

Despite insisting that he will not leave Parliament while the inquiry takes place, Mr Parish, under pressure from other Tories, will resign immediately, with Caroline Dinenage, chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality, says, “I do not see how his position is tenable. It’s just completely bizarre.”

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:36

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Minister rejects calls to Parish to resign immediately

More from Rachel Maclean now, who, despite saying that Neil Parish should be expelled from the Tory party if he is found guilty of watching porn in the Commons, has rejected calls for him to resign immediately.

Asked if it was appropriate for him to continue, Ms Maclean said Times Radio she “sincerely” thought it was a “matter for him”.

But she continued: “Of course, there are robust processes to support voters, any member of the public who wants to see their Member of Parliament, and all of these issues are very much at the forefront of the investigation system we have.

“Obviously, if people are under investigation for certain issues, it is right that it is taken into account when performing their tasks.”

Asked if she was displaying double standards, Mrs Maclean insisted it was not “business as usual” for Mr Parish due to the fact that he is under investigation. “And I am convinced that the appropriate measures will be taken to protect any of his constituents, especially women and girls,” she added.

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:25

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Parish should be thrown out of the party if found guilty, Tory minister said

Secretary of Defense Rachel Maclean has been in the media round this morning on behalf of the government.

Asked about the Neil Parish porn saga, Ms Maclean maintained her position that her colleague should be thrown out of the party if found guilty.

She said, however, that it was true that the investigation took place before any action against Mr Parish was taken by the Tory party.

“Obviously, if this is substantiated and the allegations turn out to be true, I of course stand by what I said, but at the same time there is now an investigation, so it would not be useful for me to speculate on the specifics. results, “she told Sky News, adding:

“This kind of behavior has no place in any workplace, let alone in Parliament, but I think everyone would accept that when there is a claim that has been made … it is not really up to us, as colleagues, Judging another colleague, it’s up to the process to take.

“I have absolute full confidence in the chief whip, he is acting incredibly fast, I do not see why the investigation can not be completed very quickly and I am sure that appropriate actions will follow.”

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:16

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Labor urges the Parish to resign ‘immediately’ if the allegations are true

Harriet Harman – who is the longest-serving female MP in the Commons – has insisted that Tory MP, who is under investigation for allegedly watching pornography in the Commons, should stop “immediately” if the allegations are true.

The Labor MP said the incident was a “new low” for Westminster.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 after Mr Parish’s name became public, Mrs Harman said: “If that is what he has done, he should resign from Parliament immediately.

“It is not right for him to go through the investigation process if that is what he has done. It is clear that he is not fit to be in Parliament. He should accept that and not drag out the processes ”.

As well as with Ms Harman, Labor’s shadow Commons leader, Thangam Debbonaire, expresses anger at the government and accuses it of having known about the “disgusting behavior” for several days and of having tried to “cover it up”.

Liberal Democrat Vice President Daisy Cooper called on Boris Johnson to “ask Neil Parish to resign immediately.”

And Environment Committee member Kirsty Blackman of the SNP said Mr Parish should at least step down as chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Sam HancockApril 30, 2022 08:07

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