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Neil Parish quits as MP after watching porn in the House of Commons

Neil Parish

He said he ‘is not proud’ of what happened (Photo: SWNS)

Tory MP Neil Parish has resigned after admitting to watching porn in the House of Commons in a ‘moment of madness’.

The Tiverton & Honiton MP was yesterday identified as the mysterious politician who was allegedly seen watching adult content twice by two female colleagues during a meeting.

He had initially promised to continue his duties in his constituency after being suspended from parliament. The Conservative Party over the allegations.

The 65-year-old suggested he had opened the material by mistake, but said he would stop if found guilty in Parliament’s inquiry into the case.

Now he has confirmed he will step down and he is ‘not proud’ of what he has done.

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Conservative MP Neil Parish at his home in Somerset.  Parish is being investigated for allegations that he watched porn on Commons.  Bridgwater, Somerset.  April 30, 2022

Conservative MP Neil Parish has resigned after admitting to watching porn in the House of Commons (Photo: Tom Wren SWNS)
He claimed that once he saw it, it was accidental, but another time it was deliberate (Photo: Tom Wren / SWNS)

He said the first time he saw the x-rated content was random after looking at tractors, but the second time was deliberate.

In an interview with BBC South West, he said: ‘The situation was like this – funny enough it was tractors I was watching.

‘I came across another website that had a very similar name and I saw it a bit, which I should not have done. But my crime – the biggest crime – is that on another occasion I went in for the second time. ‘

Asked if it was deliberate, he said, ‘It was deliberate … it was sitting and waiting to vote next to the Chamber.’

He added: ‘What I did was completely wrong.’

Neil Parish’s wife Sue (left) said the situation was ’embarrassing’ but promised to stand by him

Parish seemed emotional when he said he resigned after seeing the damage the scandal caused to his family, his constituency and local association.

It is understood that he agreed to resign after allies told him that his position had become untenable.

“I was wrong, I was stupid, I lost my mind,” he said.

However, he denied having seen the material in a way he hoped others would see it.

‘I’m completely sorry. A total apology. It was not my intention to intimidate. ‘ he said.

“I mean, I’m 12 years in parliament and have probably gotten one of the best reputations ever – or have had.”

When asked why he chose to see the material in Commons, he said, ‘I do not know, I think I must have completely said goodbye to my senses and my senses and my sense of decency, everything.’

He said he ‘did not defend what I was doing for a moment,’ arguing that he thought the best thing he could do was ‘tell the truth’.

Sir. Parish faced calls to resign immediately after being identified yesterday.

Last night, he said he had looked at something ‘by mistake’, but said he would not comment further.

He later said he had made ‘a complete mistake and I will deal with it as they say’.

And he said his wife had “married an idiot”.

Neil Parish has been a Member of Parliament for 12 years (Photo: PA)

In an interview with The Times yesterday, Mr Parish’s wife Sue said the allegation was “very embarrassing” but promised to stand by him.

She said her husband of 40 years was ‘a quite normal guy’ and ‘a nice person’.

“If you were mad at all the men who watched pornography, you would not have many wives in the world,” she said.

However, she called pornography ‘degrading and degrading’ for women and said she understood why the female colleagues who made the claim were upset.

Allegations of an MP watching porn were first aired during a meeting with Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris on Tuesday.

Mr Parish did not appear guilty, even when asked about the allegations in a TV interview, until when the revelations were about to be released on Friday.

The Conservatives then suspended the whip from him, meaning he was out of Parliament’s party.

He referred himself to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone and said he would continue his “duties” in the Commons until the outcome of an inquiry.

It was unclear whether it will continue after his resignation – but the ICGS (Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme), which investigates allegations of bullying and sexual harassment, can investigate former MPs

Sir. Parish’s resignation will trigger a by-election in what is a secure Tory seat.

But it is also likely to raise questions about the ‘sexist’ culture of Westminster.

Labor has criticized the broader culture in parliament and accused the government of having known about the incident for days but failed to act.

The pornographic allegations followed reports that 56 MPs, including three cabinet ministers, are facing charges of sexual misconduct.

They also follow the outrage that The Mail On Sunday has published ‘sexist’ and controversial allegations by unnamed Tory MPs that Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner was trying to distract Boris Johnson with her legs during the prime minister’s question.

Mrs Rayner expressed confusion over Mr Parish’s apology today.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘He was looking for tractors, but ended up with porn actors?

‘Neil Parish must think you were all born yesterday. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are a national embarrassment. ‘

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