Labour MP says Tory Government is 'mired by sleaze' after Whip resigns over 'drunken incident'

Shadow cabinet member Ellie Reeves stressed how important it was for MPs to uphold the highest standards in life

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A Labour MP has said the Government is "mired by sleaze" after deputy chief whip Chris Pincher resigned over what has been described as a drunken incident.

Chris Pincher, who was responsible for maintaining discipline among Tory MPs, apologised to Boris Johnson, saying it had been “the honour of my life” to have served in the Government.

The Sun reported that he stood down after assaulting two fellow guests at the Carlton Club – a Tory Party private members’ club in London’s Piccadilly – on Wednesday evening.

In his resignation letter, Mr Pincher said he had embarrassed himself and drank far too much.

Undated handout photo issued by UK Parliament of Government deputy chief whip Chris Pincher who has resigned, saying in a letter to Boris Johnson that he had "embarrassed myself and others" after having 'drank far too much'
Undated handout photo issued by UK Parliament of Government deputy chief whip Chris Pincher who has resigned, saying in a letter to Boris Johnson that he had "embarrassed myself and others" after having 'drank far too much'

Mr Pincher’s resignation comes amid renewed scrutiny of sleaze in Westminster following a string of cases.

And Labour's shadow solicitor general Ellie Reeves has said it "simply isn't good enough".

Ellie Reeves
Ellie Reeves

She told GB News: "This is a Conservative Government completely mired by sleaze and it simply isn't good enough.

"When you look at the Conservative party, it looks like one thing after another, every week it seems to be another MP caught in a scandal."

The Conservatives recently lost two seats in by-elections triggered by scandal.

Imran Ahmad Khan was jailed for 18 months in May for groping a 15-year-old boy in 2008, triggering a by-election in Wakefield which was won by Labour.

And Neil Parish quit his seat in Tiverton and Honiton after being caught watching porn in the House of Commons.

Tiverton and Honiton was snatched by the Liberal Democrats in a by-election, overturning a Conservative majority of more than 24,000.

After the latest incident, Ms Reeves told Stephen and Anne how important it was that MPs uphold the highest standards in life.

She told us" "It's really important MPs uphold the highest standards in public life and we're not seeing that in the Conservative party.

"This falls far below the standards we expect of politicians from any political party."