The UK government has started an investigation amid reports that a male Conservative MP watched pornography in the House of Commons.
Female Tory MPs met Chris Heaton-Harris on Monday night to complain about sexism in parliament, with one alleging that a male colleague was watching pornography next to them in the House of Commons.
The group of about 12 to 14 female MPs revealed their experiences of sexist behavior among Tory male MPs, telling Heaton-Harris to call for action.
The female MPs also called for action against three cabinet ministers who are reportedly subject to inquiries about inappropriate sexual behavior.
The MP who raised the issue did not name the male MP, but there are reports that he was caught watching porn in both the chamber and a committee meeting.
The Conservative party’s whips office announced on Wednesday evening that the chief whip has requested to refer the issue to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS).
“Upon the conclusion of any ICGS investigation, the chief whip will take appropriate action,” the chief whip’s spokesman added.
Rachel Maclean said to Sky News that the unnamed male MP must be kicked ‘out of the parliament, out of the party’.
“There’s no place for this in our party,” Maclean said.
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