Neil Parish speaks out about Tory MP watching porn in Commons days before having whip removed over alleged incident

Mr Parish also defended Parliament culture in the interview with GB News

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Neil Parish spoke to GB News about allegations that a Tory MP watched porn in the House of Commons just days before he had his whip removed.

Mr Parish had his whip removed on Friday after he was alleged to have watched the content in the chamber.

A spokesperson for the Chief Whip said: "Having spoken to the Chief Whip this afternoon, Neil Parish MP is reporting himself to the Standards Committee of the House of Commons.

"Mr Parish has been suspended from the Conservative Whip pending the outcome of that investigation."

Neil Parish speaking to GB News earlier this week
Neil Parish speaking to GB News earlier this week
Mr Parish has had his whip removed over the allegations
Mr Parish has had his whip removed over the allegations

Speaking about the incident on Wednesday, Mr Parish told GB News' Darren McCaffrey: “I mean, I think the whips office will do a thoroughly investigation and we will wait and see that result, and I think from that, then the decision will have to be made, what action to be taken"

When asked if there was a problem with culture in Parliament, Mr Parish said: “I think when you've got sort of 650 members of Parliament in what is, you know, a very sort of very intense area, I mean you are going to get people that step over the line.

“I mean is it, I don't think there's necessarily a huge culture here, but I think it does have to be dealt with and dealt with seriously.

“And I think you know that's what the whips will do in our whips office.”

The Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton is a father of two and a grandfather of two.

Mr Parish, the chair of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, has represented the Devon constituency since 2019.

Speaking earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the allegations against the then unnamed MP “totally unacceptable”, while senior ministers hit out at Westminster’s “shameful” culture.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said the situation in Westminster is “getting worse” as she suggested getting a “majority of women” in the Commons could improve it.