Tory MP 'caught watching porn in Commons chamber next to woman' as probe launched

Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris was looking into the 'wholly unacceptable' allegations, with a spokeswoman vowing on Wednesday that 'action will be taken'

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The Conservatives are investigating claims a Tory MP was caught watching pornography on his mobile phone in the House of Commons chamber.

Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris was looking into the “wholly unacceptable” allegations, with a spokeswoman vowing on Wednesday that “action will be taken”.

The investigation came after the Mirror and the Sun reported the claims were aired during a meeting of Tory MPs in Westminster the night before.

It is understood the investigation centred on allegations that a Conservative watched the adult video in the Commons chamber
It is understood the investigation centred on allegations that a Conservative watched the adult video in the Commons chamber
Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris
Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris

It is understood the investigation centred on allegations that a Conservative watched the adult video in the Commons chamber, but could not immediately establish whether the MP was a frontbencher, the PA news agency reports.

A Conservative whips office spokeswoman said: “The chief whip is looking into this matter.

“This behaviour is wholly unacceptable and action will be taken.”

The meeting came amid reports that 56 MPs, including three Cabinet ministers, are facing allegations of sexual misconduct referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme.

It also follows outrage over the Mail On Sunday publishing “sexist” and disputed claims from unnamed Tory MPs that deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner tried to distract Boris Johnson with her legs during Prime Minister’s Questions.

Tuesday’s meeting was attended by between 40 and 50 Tory MPs, including Mr Heaton-Harris, Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden and Commons Leader Mark Spencer, according to the Mirror.

Former prime minister Theresa May was also said to have attended.