Chris Pincher hoping to return to duties 'as soon as possible' as he faces groping investigation
Chris Pincher is facing a battle to remain in the House of Commons after having the Conservative whip removed
Conservative MP Chris Pincher has pledged to return to his duties "as soon as possible" in a statement, amid an investigation into him allegedly groping two men.
Mr Pincher said in a statement he is "truly sorry" and vowed to co-operate fully with the public inquiry into his drunken behaviour at a private members' club in London.
After the allegations emerged, the MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire resigned from his Government role and Boris Johnson removed the Conservative whip.
Now sitting as an independent, Mr Pincher is facing a battle to hold onto his role despite opponents saying his position is untenable.
In a statement, he said: “I respect the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend the whip whilst an inquiry is under way, and I will co-operate fully with it.
“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 upset I caused.
“The stresses of the last few days, coming on top of those over the last several months, have made me accept that I will benefit from professional medical support.
“I am in the process of seeking that now, and I hope to be able to return to my constituency duties as soon as possible.”