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Neil Parish has confirmed he will resign as an MP – admitting that he watched pornography in the House of Commons twice.

Parish, the MP for told the BBC that the incident was a ‘moment of madness’ and that ‘he was not proud of what [he] was doing’.

He claimed in an interview with the Corporation that the first time he viewed pornography in the Chamber was accidental when he had been searching on his phone for tractors.

Parish told the BBC that the incident was a ‘moment of madness’ and that ‘he was not proud of what [he] was doing’

He did admit that the second time he viewed the content, that it was deliberate. 

He was suspended by the Conservatives on Friday under investigation.

His resignation will trigger a by-election in the South West seat of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon.

In an interview with BBC South West, he said: ‘The situation was that – funnily enough it was tractors I was looking at.

‘I did get into another website that had a very similar name and I watched it for a bit which I shouldn’t have done.

‘But my crime – biggest crime – is that on another occasion I went in a second time.”That was deliberate… that was sitting waiting to vote on the side of the chamber.

In an interview with BBC South West (pictured), he said that the first time he viewed the material it was accidental and he was trying to look at tractors

In an interview with BBC South West (pictured), he said that the first time he viewed the material it was accidental and he was trying to look at tractors

In an interview with BBC South West (pictured), he said that the first time he viewed the material it was accidental and he was trying to look at tractors

Sue Parish (left) has said she will stand by her husband

Sue Parish (left) has said she will stand by her husband

Sue Parish (left) has said she will stand by her husband

Conservative Party is ‘institutionally sexist’

Senior Tory MP Caroline Nokes has claimed that that the Conservative party is ‘institutionally sexist’ and believes there is a culture of ‘male entitlement’ among the group. 

The chair of the Women and Equalities Committee told The Times, after being briefed not to speak out over the porn watching allegation, that ‘misogynistic nicknames and smears’ could be used to belittle colleagues less ‘robust’ than her. 

‘There’s a sense of women in parliament being tolerated rather than valued,’ she said. 

‘There are women in the party who have amazing attributes which get ignored. It still very much feels like it’s run by an old boys club.’

Yesterday, a Cabinet minister yesterday revealed she was once ‘pinned up against the wall’ by a male MP.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the vast majority of her male colleagues are ‘delightful’ and ‘committed parliamentarians’.

But she said a few behaved badly when they had ‘too much drink’, insisting people should act ‘as if their daughter was in the room’. 

Ms Trevelyan spoke about one extraordinary incident when she was ‘pinned up against a wall’ by a man who is now no longer an MP.   

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‘What I did was absolutely wrong.’

He appeared outside his local Conservative association to make the announcement of his resignation.  

He added: ‘I was wrong, I was stupid, I lost sense of mind.’

The resignation follows Parish’s wife, Sue Parish, promising to stand by her husband in an interview with the Times.

Ms Parish, said the incident was ‘very embarrassing’ but added that ‘if you were mad with every man who looked at pornography, you would not have many wives in the world.’

Yesterday, the 65-year-old farmer said he will resign if found guilty by standards commissioner Kathryn Stone, who is yet to say whether she will open an investigation.

Several MPs had called for Parish to resign, including Labour grandee Harriet Harman. 

Ms Harman called on Mr Parish to stand down amid a ‘new low for the House of Commons’.

She told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: ‘If this is what he has done, he should stand down from Parliament right away. It is not right for him to go through the investigation processes if that is what he has done.

‘Clearly he is not fit to be in Parliament. He should accept that and not drag the processes out.’

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to order Mr Parish to ‘resign immediately’.

The 65-year-old has been the MP for Tiverton and Honiton since 2010, having previously been a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 until 2009.

He is a farmer as well as an MP and is a father and grandfather.

The 65-year-old had the party whip suspended yesterday afternoon after finally being identified as the man allegedly spotted browsing smut by Tory women, following days of fevered speculation.

Mr Parish, who is chair of the cross-party Environment Committee, has referred himself to the standards watchdog over allegations that he had been seen watching adult material in the House by two female colleagues.

Appearing on GB News earlier this week, Mr Parish himself said the claims had to be dealt with ‘seriously’ and backed Tory whips to conduct a ‘thorough investigation’.

He then added: ‘If you’ve got sort of 650 members of parliament in what is a very intense area, you are going to get people that step over the line… 

‘I don’t think there’s necessarily a huge culture (of misogyny) here but I think it does have to be dealt with and dealt with seriously. That’s what the whips will do.’

Source: dailymail

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