Tory MP Chris Pincher accused of groping

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The Tamworth MP said in a statement that he was “truly sorry for the upset I caused” and that he would fully cooperate with an investigation into his behaviour.

In addition, he stated that he “respected” Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend him. Mr Pincher resigned as Tory deputy chief whip on Thursday, claiming he had “drunk far too much” the night before. After being reported to Parliament’s behaviour watchdog, he was suspended as a Conservative MP the next day. According to witnesses, he was seen “extremely drunk” at the Carlton Club, a Conservative Party members’ club in London.


“As I told the prime minister, I drank far too much on Wednesday night, embarrassing myself and others, and I am truly sorry for the uproar I caused,” Mr Pincher said. The stresses of the last few days, combined with those of the previous months, have led me to accept that I will require professional medical assistance. “I am currently in the process of seeking that assistance, and I hope to be able to return to my constituency duties as soon as possible.”

Whips are MPs in charge of party discipline and are responsible for ensuring that all MPs on their side vote with the party line in Parliament. No 10 initially suggested that the prime minister considered the matter closed after resigning as deputy chief whip on Thursday. Mr Johnson initially resisted calls from senior Conservative MPs and opposition parties to suspend Mr Pincher, but did so after he was reported to Parliament’s conduct watchdog. He will now serve as an independent in Parliament. A government source defended the delay, claiming that No. 10 acted quickly in response to the complaint. Independent investigators review complaints against MPs and make recommendations for further action. MPs would have to vote on whether to suspend or expel the MP. Mr Pincher resigned as whip in 2017 after being accused of making an unwanted pass at former Olympic rower and Conservative activist Alex Story.

However, after an investigation by the party, he was found not to have violated the party’s code of conduct.

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