Tory Party deputy chief whip Chris Pincher QUITS after claims he ‘drunkenly groped two men’

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

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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.

One MP who was at the event claimed to the Guardian that he had been so drunk ‘he could barely stand up’.

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

The 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 apologize 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.

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Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night.  Pictured: Mr Pincher with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night.  Pictured: Mr Pincher with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Chris Pincher, the Conservative Party deputy chief whip has quit tonight after he allegedly groped two men while drunk last night. Pictured: Mr Pincher with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Pictured: The incident took place in the exclusive Carlton Club in London

Pictured: The incident took place in the exclusive Carlton Club in London

Pictured: The incident took place in the exclusive Carlton Club in London

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 the aftershocks of Covid and the challenges of international inflation.

‘It has been the honor 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.

Conservatives months of sleaze turmoil

APRIL 3

David Warburton has withdrawn the Conservative whip following the emergence of allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use. The Member of Parliament for Somerton and Frome in Somerset faces a parliamentary investigation after being accused of abusing drugs and inappropriately touching three women.

April 30

Tory Neil Parish resigns his Tiverton and Honiton seat after watching pornography in the Commons. Farmer Mr. Parish first said he accidentally watched one X-rated video when browsing for tractors, before later doing so deliberately in the Commons chamber.

MAY 17

An unnamed Tory MP is arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual offenses spanning seven years. The man in his 50s allegedly committed the offenses between 2002 and 2009 in London.

He was also arrested on allegations of indecent assault, abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in a public office, according to the Metropolitan police.

Conservative Party whips have asked the unnamed MP to stay away from Parliament during the investigation, but last night unions said he should be formally suspended to protect staff.

MAY 23

Imran Ahmad Khan is jailed for 18 months for sexually assaulting a boy aged 15.

Khan, 48, plied the youngster with gin, tried to persuade him to watch pornography and then groped him in his bed 14 years ago at the victim’s family home in Staffordshire.

The Wakefield MP was expelled from the Conservative Party following his conviction and resigned his seat, triggering a by-election won by Labour.

His victim told Southwark Crown Court that he still struggles with intimacy and being touched due to the ordeal.

The resignation of Mr. Pincher in such dramatic circumstances is a further blow for the Prime Minister who has been beset with allegations of misconduct over lockdown parties in Downing Street.

The MP for Tamworth was appointed alongside chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris last February to strengthen party discipline amid unrest among MPs over the way the government was being run.

It is the second time he has quit the whips office, having resigned as a junior whip in November 2017 following a complaint that he made an unwanted pass at the former Olympic rower and Conservative candidate Alex Story.

He is alleged to have tried to untuck Mr Story’s shirt 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.

Having referred himself to both the police and the Conservative Party complaints procedure, he was brought back by Theresa May as deputy chief whip in January 2018.

When Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019 he was moved to the Foreign Office as minister for Europe and the Americas before returning to the whips office for a third time.

His departure comes just days after Oliver Dowden quit as party co-chairman in the wake of the Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-election losses.

It leaves Mr. Johnson – who returned from the Nato summit on Thursday after nine days out of the country – with another headache with two crucial roles to fill.

Mr Pincher’s resignation is the latest in a series of sleaze scandals to hit the Tory party in recent months.

In April, David Warburton had the Conservative whip withdrawn following the emergence of allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use. The MP for Somerton and Frome faces a parliamentary investigation after being accused of abusing drugs and inappropriately touching three women.

Later that month, Conservative MP Neil Parish resigned his Tiverton and Honiton seat after watching pornography in the Commons.

Farmer Mr. Parish first said he accidentally watched one X-rated video when browsing for tractors, before later doing so deliberately in the Commons chamber.

Then last month, an unnamed Tory MP was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual offenses spanning seven years. The man in his 50s allegedly committed the offenses between 2002 and 2009 in London.

Pictured: Conservative MP Chris Pincher said serving in parliament was 'the honor of his life'

Pictured: Conservative MP Chris Pincher said serving in parliament was 'the honor of his life'

Pictured: Conservative MP Chris Pincher said serving in parliament was ‘the honor of his life’

The exclusive members club that finally let women join…in 2008

The Carlton Club is a private members’ club for the Conservative establishment, housed in an elegant Georgian building in St. James’s Street, London.

Membership can be gained only through nomination and election from existing members. The club has a long association with the Conservative Party, having served as its original home after being founded by Tory peers, including the Duke of Wellington, back in 1832.

The club describes its membership history as ‘a badge of allegiance to the Conservative Party’. There is automatic membership offered to every leader of the Conservative Party and loyalty is still considered a necessity.

Those who waver face being expelled, as Ann Widdecombe was in 2020 for shifting to the Brexit Party.

In 1990, the building was targeted by an IRA bomb. Lord Kaberry died the next year from injuries he sustained.

Women were not entitled to full membership until 2008, when members voted to let them in. ‘I’m just sorry that it took them this long to join the 21st century,’ former Conservative prime minister Theresa May said at the time.

Under the club’s strict dress code, men must wear a tailored jacket and formal trousers with a collared shirt and tie. Women must wear ‘commensurate business or formal day wear’.

He was also arrested on allegations of indecent assault, abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in a public office, according to the Metropolitan police.

Conservative Party whips have asked the unnamed MP to stay away from Parliament during the investigation, but last night unions said he should be formally suspended to protect staff.

Also in May, Ahmad Khan was jailed for 18 months for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Khan, 48, plied the youngster with gin, tried to persuade him to watch pornography and then groped him in his bed 14 years ago at the victim’s family home in Staffordshire.

The Wakefield MP was expelled from the Conservative Party following his conviction and resigned his seat, triggering a by-election won by Labour.

His victim told Southwark Crown Court that he still struggles with intimacy and being touched due to the ordeal.

The Carlton Club, where Mr. Pincher allegedly groped two men, 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 place for Conservative MPs to drink after Parliament due to its exclusive membership which only allows members and guests of members.

Mr Pincher is not expected to lose the party whip so he 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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