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Neil Parish says a ‘weight is lifted off me’ after being named as MP at centre of porn scandal – UK politics live

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton is resisting calls to resign at present after saying he may have opened pornography on his phone ‘by mistake’

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Senior Conservative MP Caroline Nokes has accused the party of “unnecessary dither and delay” in taking action against Neil Parish, in light of allegations that he watched pornography in the House of Commons.

Nokes, who chairs the women and equalities committee, also said it would be “difficult” for Parish to spend the required time in parliament as a select committee chair while under investigation.

Writing to the NAHT school leaders’ union, he said it was not his intention to “demoralise” anyone and that he “was neither judging nor chastising the minority of nurses or teachers who chose to unwind with a few work colleagues after a long shift”.

He said he had heard of a “number of cases” where teachers had enjoyed a drink in school after work but that “the number of after-work drinks remain a small minority”.

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