British Conservative Party Suspends MP Accused Of Watching Porn In Parliament

The British Conservative Party has provisionally suspended its deputy Neil Parish from belonging to the formation this Friday, accused last Tuesday, during a meeting of “Tories” with his head of discipline, of looking at porn during parliamentary sessions in the House of Representatives. the Commons by at least two Conservative MPs. The deputy has defended himself by claiming that he had opened the porn video “by mistake”. Parish is MP for Tiverton and Honiton, in the English county of Devon, and chairs the Commons Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

A spokeswoman for the ruling party has explained that, following a conversation with the head of discipline, Chris Heaton-Harris, Parish will appear before the Commons Standards Committee to be investigated. “Parish has been suspended from membership pending the outcome of that investigation,” the source said. If found guilty, the committee could issue various types of sanctions, including expulsion from parliament.

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The opposition, the Labor Party and the Liberal Democrats, have called on the Conservative Party to ask him to resign from his seat – which he will now occupy as an independent – ​​which would lead to a by-election to replace him, and they have described the attitude as “disgusting”. of the 65-year-old Tory, who has refused to resign. “This marks another low level of the Commons. It is clear that he is not ready to be in Parliament,” veteran Labor MP Harriet Harman told the media.

Other parliamentarians involved

His case joins 56 other complaints of alleged sexual misconduct filed against other parliamentarians, including three members of the Government and two opposition spokesmen, who have not been identified.

This scandal has come to light after the controversy over anonymous statements by several “Tory” deputies, who falsely accused Labor’s “number two”, Angela Rayner, of trying to distract British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, crossing and uncrossing the legs in the control sessions to the “premier”. Those deputies compared Rayner to the American actress Sharon Stone, who in the movie “Basic Instinct” uncrosses and crosses her legs in a now famous scene.

The president of the Women and Equality Committee of the House of Commons, the Conservative Caroline Nokes, admitted that sexism is institutionalized in the Conservative Party and that she has been criticized for denouncing this situation. “I know that male colleagues have been in the corridors of Westminster blaming me for leaking (these cases), blaming me for talking about this as if it were something that would be better hidden,” Nokes admitted in an interview with The Times newspaper.

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