Neil Parish breaks down in tears while telling GB News about resigning from Parliament

The former Conservative MP resigned from his position after being caught watching porn in the House of Commons

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An MP who resigned after being caught watching porn in the House of Commons broke down in tears while speaking on GB News.

Neil Parish, the former Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, resigned in May after admitting he had watched pornography twice on his phone in Parliament.

Since his resignation, the Tory party has been hit by a number of scandals, with deputy chief whip Chris Pincher quitting his role after being accused of drunkenly groping two men.

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"
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"

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has accused the party of double standards in its handling of the two incidents.

And Mr Parish told GB News that while what he did was 'amoral', it wasn't in the same category.

He told Darren McCaffrey: "Yes I made a huge mess but I don’t particularly want to go with them.

"While I committed a crime against myself and it was very amoral, I wasn’t in that category."

Mr Parish added that his family and his sense of doing the right thing were also behind his resignation.

He also said: "I talked to my wife, and I talked to my son and daughter and they both said ‘Daddy you’ve got to go’.

"You do the right thing, you don’t always want to do the right thing so I'm not trying to make myself into a hero because I’m not.

"I’m a man who's made a big mistake."

Fighting back tears, Mr Parish said he was keen not to left the hurt inside him burn away and wanted to "bring it out".

Neil Parish fought back tears during the GB News interview
Neil Parish fought back tears during the GB News interview

He added that he still had a lot of good left in him to do and he believes he has unfinished business.

He also said: " Five days and you’re out of Parliament, everything shut down, that’s how the system, works when you resign.

"I haven’t said goodbye, it’s unfinished business.

"I used to get on brilliantly with the Speaker Lindsay Hoyle. I had a very good rapport with people, I could debate well, I was quite funny when I was on form.

"I don’t know if I can leave it there, I may leave it there, I may have to leave it there but I don’t know.

"What I don’t want to do is disappear from the face of the earth because I still have a lot in me, a lot of expertise, a lot of good things I can do both with charity and in the farming sector."