Tory MP says he ‘feels sorry’ for colleague who watched porn together

A Tory MP says he is ‘sorry’ for a colleague who was forced to resign after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons.

Neil Parish’s political career came to an abrupt end after it emerged he was the Tory accused by female MPs of viewing inappropriate content in parliament.

He admitted to the BBC on Saturday that he had watched adult content on his phone twice, saying the first time was accidental after watching tractors online.

The chairman of the select committee originally promised to continue as MP for Tiverton and Honiton but said he would step down after acknowledging the ‘fury’ and ‘damage’ he was causing his family and his constituency.

Conservative Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris suspended Parish from the Conservative Parliamentary Party on Friday afternoon – three days after female Tory MPs first complained about a male colleague watching pornography on his phone in the communal room.

Parish’s resignation means there will now be a by-election in his Devon seat, which he retained for the Conservatives in the last election with a majority of 24,239.

Despite his dramatic fall from grace, Parish today received support from Michael Fabricator, the Tory MP for Lichfeld.

He tweeted: “Actually, I feel sorry for Neil. The. I said it.

Friends of Parish reportedly claimed he was looking for a ‘Dominator’ combine when he first viewed pornography in the Commons.

Before being identified as the MP at the center of the storm, Parish was asked about the allegations during an appearance on GB News.

He did not engage on whether the suspect should have the whip removed and denied there was a big cultural problem at Westminster, although senior Tory colleagues denounced him as being ” ashamed “.

“We have some 650 MPs in what is a very intense area,” Mr Parish said.

“We are going to make people cross the line. I don’t think there’s necessarily a huge culture here, but I think it needs to be addressed and seriously addressed and that’s what the whips will do.

Earlier today, a minister poured cold water on suggestions that the Tory candidate to replace Parish should be drawn from a shortlist of women.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan told Sky News: “I have never been in favor of shortlists and quotas. We got more women in parliament by encouraging them, breaking down barriers.

“We don’t do it by putting in place quotas which I find quite degrading for women. »

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