UK Lawmaker Resigns After Admitting to Watching Porn Twice in Parliament

Neil Parish has stepped down as a Member of Parliament (MP) after admitting that he watched pornography twice in Parliament.

Parish, who represented Tiverton and Honiton in Devon since 2010, announced that he was resigning after two female colleagues claimed they had seen him watching porn on his phone while sitting near them.

“I could see that the furor and the damage I was causing my family and my constituency and association, just wasn’t worth carrying on,” Parish said in an exclusive interview with BBC South West.

Parish initially vowed to continue as an MP when the allegation emerged.

Parish, 65, told the BBC that the first time was accidental as he was looking at a tractor website, then ended up on “another website that had a very similar name and I watched it for a bit.”

Parish said that the second time was deliberate and that it was when he was sitting waiting to vote in the House of Commons.

Parish called his actions “a moment of madness, and also, totally wrong.”

A spokesperson for Tiverton and Honiton Conservatives said in a statement that the local party supported Parish’s decision to step down.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Parish for his service to our communities over the past twelve years,” the spokesperson said.

The Conservative Party had suspended Parish over the allegation on April 29.

Parish’s resignation will trigger a by-election in his Devon constituency in what has been a safe Conservative seat.

On Twitter, Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner criticized Parish’s explanation.

“He was looking for tractors but ended up with porn actors? Neil Parish must think you were all born yesterday,” Rayner said.

The scandal comes amid allegations of misogyny and sexual misconduct at Westminister.


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