The BBC reports:
A former deputy chief whip alleged to have groped two men in a private members’ club has been suspended as a Conservative MP.
Chris Pincher will sit as an independent after he was reported to Parliament’s behaviour watchdog. He quit his government job in a resignation letter on Thursday, saying he had “drunk far too much” and “embarrassed myself and other people”.
Former housing minister Kelly Tolhurst has been appointed as his replacement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was under pressure to suspend him from the party after senior Tory MPs and opposition parties said his position was untenable.
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Early today it was reported that Pincher had resigned from Boris Johnson’s administration but would remain a Conservative MP.
Chris Pincher suspended as Tory MP https://t.co/XpwkbyJSuu
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 1, 2022
This is the second time Pincher has left the whips office, having previously been accused of sexual impropriety. In 2017, he was accused of making an unwanted pass at a Tory activist and former Olympic rower #TheStandardView https://t.co/aqjmPk96xg
— Evening Standard (@standardnews) July 1, 2022
“Last time Pincher resigned for alleged sexual misconduct, he was accused of luring a former Olympic rower back to his home before reappearing in a bathrobe, massaging his victim’s neck, while whispering: ‘You’ll go far in the Conservative party.’” https://t.co/MvYNjjqRM6
— Nicholas Shakespeare (@dolphinsands) July 1, 2022