Chris Pincher: Call to suspend Tory MP after groping allegations

7/1/2022 2:09:00 PM

The Conservatives are facing pressure to suspend Chris Pincher as an MP and launch a formal investigation.

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Newsnight ’s policy editor lewis_goodall discusses Chris Pincher’s resignation as Conservative deputy chief whip, the allegations of sexual misconduct, and whether he will have the whip withdrawn Catch the latest tonight on BBC2 at 10.30pm

The Conservatives are facing pressure to suspend Chris Pincher as an MP and launch a formal investigation.

Dozens of people were present in a small room with a bar at the private members' club including other MPs, ministers, club officials and people working in public relations, the BBC understands.On Thursday, a Downing Street source said as things stood Mr Pincher would face no further action from the party and would keep the whip, allowing him to continue to sit as a Conservative MP.

Former Tory MP Neil Parish told the BBC Mr Pincher should be suspended by the party, as he was in April was after he admitted to watching pornography in Parliament."I believe it to be total double standards," Ms Parish said. "The whip should be suspended immediately from Christopher Pincher and then he can refer himself to the standards board, and it can be all investigated and he can resign."

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lewis_goodall Why are you not reporting on Boris Johnson's gross misconduct in public office? lewis_goodall Nothing about Johnson getting caught having blowjob by his mistress at work and trying to get her a job? lewis_goodall Scoop for you here too. It seems that BorisJohnson was being given a BJ by his mistress whilst at work in the office as Foreign Secretary. Apparently, Sir Gavin Williamson caught them at it. Then BJ tried to give mistress a top job and Williamson kept stoom and got knighted.

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lewis_goodall No doubt he’ll be promoted soon. lewis_goodall To say nothing of the inconvenience of this event happening at the same time as added, alleged details came into the open about Mr Johnson’s behaviour on parliamentary property! DanielaNadj lewis_goodall Why are we even discussing someone who is admitted sexual assault keeping their job. Would this be allowed if he were a teacher, nurse, librarian?

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Future of Tory MP Chris Pincher hangs in balance over 'drunken groping' claimThe Tamworth MP resigned from government after admitting he had drunk 'far too much' and 'embarrassed myself and other people' on a night out, leading opponents to argue the Conservative Party is 'mired in sleaze'. I memba when she worked for Blair and would get SMASHED every Sunday in Acton. The Horse looking bint has arrived from NZ I hope he’s not going to get her pregnant as well.

lewis_goodall Any updates on BJ’s historical sexual misconduct with Carrie Symonds while Foreign Minister? lewis_goodall Just wondered if you are going to report the BloJo story, or have you been told you're not allowed to? lewis_goodall While you’re at it, why not cover the allegations which surfaced yesterday about what Johnson and his then mistress were up to in the office?

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Tory whip Chris Pincher resigns after 'embarrassing himselfIn his resignation letter, dated today, Pincher apologised and said he he owed it the people he had upset to resign. Touchy touchy ya pest It’s like the Fall of the Roman Empire.🤣

Chris Pincher Has Conservative Party Whip WithdrawnHe faces allegations of groping two men after having had “far too much” to drink. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

'Double standards!': Neil Parish slams govt for not withdrawing whip from Chris PincherDisgraced former MP Neil Parish has told LBC the whip must be withdrawn from Christopher Pincher and accused the government of 'double standards'. Big difference is Parish didn t have the dirt on Johnson and srnior Tories that Pincher must have They are a corrupt party of liars A party for depraved people

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first reported Mr Pincher's resignation , saying he was drinking at the Carlton Club in central London when he is said to have assaulted two other male guests.@AliFortescue As Boris Johnson returns from his world tour, Chris Pincher's resignation will add to his domestic woes.The UK government's deputy chief whip has sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.By Politics news editor, HuffPost UK and.

Several concerned Tory MPs contacted the Conservative whips' office to complain about his behaviour, the paper said. Dozens of people were present in a small room with a bar at the private members' club including other MPs, ministers, club officials and people working in public relations, the BBC understands. The fact Mr Johnson is now looking for a deputy chief whip and a party chairman (as well as an ethics adviser) makes a reshuffle sooner rather than later feel more likely. In a resignation letter on Thursday, Mr Pincher wrote to the prime minister: "Last night I drank far too much. “I’ve embarrassed myself and other people which is the last thing I want to do and for that I apologise to you and to those concerned." He added: "I think the right thing to do in the circumstances is for me to resign as deputy chief whip. A week since two by-elections triggered by porn-watching and child sex abuse, the Conservatives are facing fresh questions about why so many Tory MPs are finding themselves embroiled in scandal. I owe it to you and the people I've caused upset to, to do this.

" On Thursday, a Downing Street source said as things stood Mr Pincher would face no further action from the party and would keep the whip, allowing him to continue to sit as a Conservative MP. Labour will no doubt be eyeing a potential by-election in Mr Pincher's seat of Tamworth, a constituency they lost to the Tories in 2010. “I want to assure you that you will continue to have my full support from the back benches, and I wish you all the best as you deal with aftershocks of Covid and the challenges of international inflation. A Tory MP told the BBC they had raised concerns about Mr Pincher's behaviour to senior figures in Number 10 and the Conservative Party - including chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris, minister Nigel Adams, government whips and one of the prime minister's top advisers Ben Gascoigne. Speaking about raising concerns, the MP said: "Loads [of us] did when he was in the frame for chief whip and he never got it. We are not there yet, as Mr Pincher would have to not only lose the whip but stand down as an MP (or be pushed out under the recall procedure) to trigger a by-election. There were concerns, none of us had proof we could use. We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. He should have the whip suspended and a by-election. 'Serious questions' for PM It is the second time Mr Pincher has quit the whips' office.

" Former Tory MP Neil Parish told the BBC Mr Pincher should be suspended by the party, as he was in April was after he admitted to watching pornography in Parliament. Mr Parish subsequently stood down as an MP , triggering a by-election in his constituency of Tiverton and Honiton. The Mail on Sunday reported he had been accused of making an unwanted pass at Conservative activist and former British rower Alex Story. "I believe it to be total double standards," Ms Parish said. "The whip should be suspended immediately from Christopher Pincher and then he can refer himself to the standards board, and it can be all investigated and he can resign." Theresa May reappointed him to the whips' office the following year." Shadow home secretary Ms Cooper told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "This is just a total disgrace, the response from Boris Johnson, from the government to this.

"These allegations are really serious, this is about sexual assault. He also writes a column on alcoholic drinks for The Critic magazine. "So the idea that the response that we've seen - that the prime minister thinks he's done the decent thing by resigning, that there's no need for an investigation - that's a total disgrace." Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain said: "Given the seriousness of these allegations, it's difficult to see how Chris Pincher can continue as an MP." Responding to the latest allegations, Labour frontbencher Ellie Reeves said:"There are real questions about how the deputy chief whip got his job in the first place, given he had previously had to resign from government due to similar allegations. "There now needs to be a full investigation and in the meantime Chris Pincher should have the Conservative whip withdrawn." Tensions are bubbling in the Tory party about Number 10's line that Christopher Pincher has recognised his wrongdoing and therefore no further action should be taken." Image: Mr Pincher has been an MP since 2010 It is the latest controversy to rock the Tory government, following the partygate scandal that saw Mr Johnson.

Multiple Tory MPs, and some ministers, on the contrary think he needs to lose the party whip - meaning he would no longer sit as a Conservative MP. One tells me they personally raised concerns about Mr Pincher's behaviour in the past, and they added "loads of us" raised concerns back when some thought he would be made the party's chief whip, but ended up being made deputy. Multiple government ministers have also told the BBC that "of course" he should not keep the whip - despite what No10 are pushing. It's telling, too, listening to how the cabinet minister brought out to defend the government line, Simon Hart, answered when asked if Mr Pincher should lose the whip. He told Sky News: "I know what I'd like to see happen.

You can probably tell what that is just from the way I'm trying to avoid answering your question", and said that the chief whip would be looking into this. As ever, pressure from within government could continue to mount on No10 if ministers feel they are being made to defend something that some of them, quite obviously, don't want to. Asked whether Mr Pincher was being formally investigated, Mr Hart warned against rushing any probe, saying it could be it "counter-productive". He added that the chief whip would treat the matter "with the utmost seriousness" and should be afforded "the space to properly assess the situation" with others. "It is absolutely proper that they spend today going through this with a fine tooth comb," he told the Today programme.

Mr Pincher previously stood down from the whips' office in 2017, when he was accused of making an unwanted pass at former Olympic rower and Conservative activist Alex Story. But after an investigation by the party, he was cleared of any breach of its code of conduct. Mr Pincher was first elected as MP for Tamworth in 2010 and served as a minister under former Prime Minister Theresa May. He has served in the whips' office in Mr Johnson's government since February 2022, and was previously a minister in the Foreign Office and the Levelling Up Department. Whips are MPs who are in charge of party discipline, and who have the job of trying to ensure that all MPs on their side vote with the party line in Parliament.

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