Tory MP Neil Parish resigns after porn "moment of madness" 3 months ago

Tory MP Neil Parish resigns after porn "moment of madness"

"I was not proud of what I was doing."

Tory MP Neil Parish has officially resigned after admitting to watching porn twice whilst in the House of Commons.

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Confirmed by the BBC on Saturday, the MP for Tiverton and Honiton in Devon claimed that the incidents had been a "moment of madness".

He also said that the first occurrence had happened accidentally while he was looking at tractors but the second was deliberate.

Speaking to the outlet, Parish explained: "I was not proud of what I was doing."

On Friday, the 65-year-old MP and chair of the Commons Environment Committee had the Conservative whip suspended after two female colleagues claimed they had witnessed Parish viewing pornographic material in the Commons.

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While a statement on Parish's website appeared to suggest that he would not immediately resign - instead continuing to work while the results of the Commons standards commission's inquiry had been revealed - this news confirms that this will no longer be the case.

Parish previously suggested that he had viewed the material by mistake, telling the BBC: "Of course, it's embarrassing".

He added: "And it's embarrassing for my wife and family, and so that's my main concern at the moment.

"I have a very supportive wife and I thank her for that."

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Parish also confirmed that he will cooperate fully with the inquiry.