Chris Pincher.

Chris Pincher is yet another MP on the Tory Sleaze spreadsheet, described as “inappropriate with male researchers and heavy drinker”, among other things.

But he has quit, and referred himself to the police, over an allegation relating to former Olympic rower, Tory activist and heterosexual Alex Story.

Here’s the Mirror:

Chris Pincher, a Tory whip, is alleged to have tried to untuck the shirt of rower and Conservative activist Alex Story after persuading him to come back to his London home.

In a newspaper column, Story alleged Pincher had asked him to go for “din-dins” after drinking in a Westminster pub at the end of a day of phone canvassing in 2001, when he was 26.

But instead of going to a restaurant, he says Pincher directed the cab south across the Thames, saying: “I just need to go back home quickly.”

After arriving at his flat, Story says Pincher poured him a whisky and he felt “a bit woozy.”

He alleges Pincher became “unusually tactile”, massaging his neck and trying to untuck his shirt, while saying: “You will go far in the Conservative Party.”

Story says he told Pincher he wanted to “stay friends,” at which point Pincher left the room, saying: “Let me just slip into something more comfortable.”

He returned, according to Story, in a bathrobe “like a pound shop Harvey Weinstein”, with his chest and belly sticking out.

Mr Story says he made his apologies and left promptly.

The incident happened in 2001, long before Mr Pincher became an MP (that happened in 2010).

This Writer would like to know how a man who was known to be questionable ended up in the whips’ office, dealing with other MPs who were known to be questionable. It invites corruption.

The fact that he was on the spreadsheet was not proof of his behaviour, but his own admission is.

And, as more and more Tory MPs confess, what are we to think about those who don’t?

Wouldn’t it be better for them all to step back from any Parliamentary and ministerial duties and submit to investigation?

How can we trust any of them until we have clarity?


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