Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip, has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night
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Tory Party deputy chief whip Chris Pincher QUITS after claims he ‘drunkenly groped two men’ in the Conservative Party’s private members venue the Carlton Club

  • Chris Pincher said he owed it to the Prime Minister and those he ‘upset’ to resign
  • Deputy chief whip is alleged to have drunkenly groped men at event last night
  • It is understood that Mr Pincher will stay on as Conservative MP for Tamworth 

The Conservative Party deputy chief whip has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night.

In a resignation letter, Chris Pincher admitted he had ’embarrassed himself and other people’, after drinking too much at the Tory private members club in London.

Mr Pincher has served as the MP for Tamworth since 2010 and was appointed deputy chief whip in February this year. 

T he letter said: ‘Last night I drank far too much.

‘I’ve embarrassed myself and other people which is the last thing I want to do and for that I apologise to you and to those concerned.

‘I think the right thing to do in the circumstances is for me to resign as Deputy Chief Whip. I owe it to you and the people I’ve caused upset to, to do this.

Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip, has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night

Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip, has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night

‘I want to assure you that you will continue to have my full support from the back benches, and I wish you all the best as you deal with aftershocks of Covid and the challenges of international inflation.

‘It has been the honour of my life to have served in Her Majesty’s Government.’

The Sun reports that Mr Pincher was drinking at the Tory Party private members club – the Carlton Club – in Piccadilly when he is said to have assaulted two fellow guests.

It marks the second time Mr Pincher has been forced to quit the whips office after he was accused of making a pass at former Olympic rower and Conservative activist Alex Story who was 26 at the time.

This is the second time Tory MP Pincher has been forced to resign from the whips office

This is the second time Tory MP Pincher has been forced to resign from the whips office

He is alleged to have tried to untuck the shirt of Mr Story after persuading him to come back to his London home, as well as massaging his neck while saying: ‘You will go far in the Conservative Party.’

Mr Story told the Mail on Sunday that at one point Mr Pincher left the room, saying ‘let me just slip into something more comfortable’, before returning in a bathrobe ‘like a pound shop Harvey Weinstein’.

He was cleared of wrongdoing by a Conservative party probe.

The Carlton Club is a private members-only venue set up by senior Tories in 1832 where Conservative leaders are traditionally given lifetime membership which was only open to men until a rule change in 2008 under David Cameron. 

Prior to that, the only full female member was Margaret Thatcher, who was given honorary membership when she became party leader in 1975.

The club is a popular spot for Conservative MPs to drink after Parliament due to its exclusive membership which only permits members and guests of members.

Mr Pincher is not expected to lose the party whip so will stay on as a Conservative MP, avoiding a by-election for the party.

Chris was first elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Tamworth in May 2010, and was re-elected in December 2019 with a majority of 19,364.

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