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Neil Parish, the Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, has had the whip removed after being accused of watching pornography in the Commons, The Telegraph can reveal.
Mr Parish had a conversation with the Chief Whip about the allegations and is now reporting himself to the standards committee of the House of Commons.
Two female Tory MPs claimed during a meeting with senior party figures on Tuesday evening to have seen Mr Parish watching pornography.
He is the chairman of the environment, food and rural affairs committee and was first elected to Parliament in 2010.
The revelation ends days of speculation about the identity of the MP in question. Tory Party chiefs had refused to name him.
Neil ParishNeil ParishOn Thursday there were calls for the MP to be stripped of the whip and even resign after the allegations emerged.
The Conservative Party had initially referred the claims to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme, which looks into claims of bullying and sexual harassment.
But after being approached by The Telegraph on Thursday, a spokesman for Chris Heaton-Harris, the Chief Whip, said Mr Parish had also been referred to a second body.
The spokesman 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.”
It means the MP, who given his committee chairman role would be considered a senior Tory, now faces two separate investigations. Telegraph, yahoo