Great Britain: an MP resigned for watching porn videos during a legislative session

British Conservative MP Neil Parish announced this Saturday his resignation from the bench after confessing to having watched pornography videos during a debate in the House of Commonssomething of which other parliamentarians accused him.

In dialogue with the press, this 65-year-old former farmer tried to explain what happened: “I was looking for tractors, but I came across another page with a similar name and I was looking for a while. I shouldn’t have.” On the verge of tears, Parish admitted his mistake: “The mistake, my big mistake, was that I went back a second time and it was deliberate.”

The conservative section for his constituency ratified his resignation “thanking the services provided over the last 12 years,” according to a statement collected by Sky News.

“We support (Neil Parish’s) decision to step down as a Member of Parliament,” said a Conservative Party spokesman from the Tiverton and Honiton constituency, where Parish was elected MP in 2019.

The complaint

The announcement of his resignation comes after the Daily Mirror reported that a member of Boris Johnson’s government referred to the incident during a meeting of Conservative MPs on Tuesday night.

An investigation into the matter was launched on Wednesday within Johnson’s Conservatives, but the name of the deputy involved had not been revealed. “That attitude is totally unacceptable,” said one of the Conservatives’ disciplinary officers, who demanded “measures be taken.”

Finally, Parish confessed before the Parliament commission that investigates the behavior of deputiesafter which the Conservative Party suspended him from his position in the parliamentary group while the investigations lasted.

Parish’s profile

Parish, 65, had been in the House of Commons since 2010 and headed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Previously, he had served as an MEP representing the British Conservative Party.

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The complaints against the deputy came from two group mates who contacted the “tory” leadership, the conservative wing, in the House.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had warned on Thursday that, if confirmed, it would be “totally unacceptable behaviour” in any workplace.

For her part, the president of the Women and Equality Committee of the House of Commons, the conservative Caroline Nokes, denounced that sexism is institutionalized in the Conservative Party and that she has been criticized for denouncing this situation.

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