Talk of the Parish: MP resigns after admitting he watched porn in House of Commons

Neil Parish: he has admitted looking at porn in the House of Commons and is resigning as a member of Parliament.

This Writer’s biggest question now is, what tractor website has a name similar to an internet pornography site – and will it be changing its name in the near future?

Neil Parish has said the first of two occasions in which he admits watching pornography in the House of Commons was when he was trying to look at tractors; he accidentally opened a porn site with a similar name, he said.

He later returned to the site he had found – deliberately – while sitting in the House of Commons, waiting to vote, he admitted. It was after this occasion that two female colleagues claimed they had seen him looking at porn on his phone while sitting near them.

It is right that he should go – if only because he tried to brazen it out at first.

Like his erstwhile party leader Boris Johnson, Parish initially said he would wait for the results of an inquiry led by his party’s Whips’ office before making any decision on his own future – and he refused to say whether he had watched porn in the Commons, even though he obviously knew he had.

Johnson had previously refused to discuss his alleged attendance at lockdown-busting Downing Street parties and whether he had lied to Parliament about them (an offence for which he should resign, according to the Ministerial Code). He has since been fined for attending one such gathering, with investigations continuing regarding five others.

Parish’s resignation may be seen as an attempt to prevent another scandal from affecting the Conservatives’ chances in the local elections, which will take place on Thursday (May 5).

But is anybody going to want to elect a representative from a party whose members watch porn rather than concentrate on their work, and then try to lie or dissemble their way out of the blame when they’re caught?

2 thoughts on “Talk of the Parish: MP resigns after admitting he watched porn in House of Commons

  1. Peter Ehlers

    These people are supposed to be civil servants, elected by the majority of voters, to WORK for their constituents!!! They are NOT getting paid to watch porn, or check private messages etc. while at work !! If this were the case with an employee in any company, they would have been fired on the spot !!

  2. Stu

    This may well be used by the Tories as an excuse for pushing througn the Online Safety Bill.
    “If a responsible MP can make the mistake so can a child”.
    Even though he did said “I opened the wrong file” which would indicate that it was deliberately saved on his phone.
    But as MP’s are exempt from the “Snooping Charter” they would also be exempt from any other restrictions, which would invalidate that arguement.

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