Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was unaware of “concrete claims” about Chris Pincher before appointing Chris Pincher as Deputy Leader, after parliamentarians were suspended on allegations of sexual misconduct. , The Prime Minister said.
Tamworth MP Pincher’s office on Thursday after Sun reported that he had “sought” two male guests at the Carlton Club, a Conservative private member club in Piccadilly, London, Wednesday night. Resigned.
The Conservative Party on Friday suspended its members following a formal complaint.
Pincher resigned as a junior whip in November 2017 after Pincher left the whip office after complaining that he had made an unwanted pass in Alex Story, a former Olympic rower and conservative candidate. It was the second time.
Following Pincher’s suspension, Johnson was pressured to explain why he gave the MP an important ministerial role in February 2022, despite previous allegations of illegal activity.
Former number 10 adviser Dominic Cummings claimed to have called the MP “pincher by name, essentially pincher” long before Johnson appointed him.
In a media interview on Sunday, Labor and Pension Minister Therese Coffey defended the Prime Minister’s handling of the matter.
Coffey told the BBC that he believed “as far as I know” that Johnson didn’t know a particular claim about the pincher before appointing him to the whip office.
Asked how she could be convinced, she said, “I was informed this morning that he didn’t know about a particular claim.”
Pressured on who gave her a guarantee, she said, “Someone from the number 10 press.”
The main opposition Labor Party said Pincher should not have been promoted to the ministerial role.
Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said Coffey’s defense element was “desperate.”
“From what we know this morning, it’s clear that Chris Pincher shouldn’t have been returned to the whip office,” Labor lawmakers told Sky News.
In a statement released Saturday, Pincher said he would “fully cooperate” with the investigation and called for “professional medical assistance” for stress.
“We will respect the Prime Minister’s decision to stop whipping during the investigation and will cooperate fully,” a member of parliament said.
Mr. Pincher said he was “really sorry” for the “upset” caused by overdrinking and the embarrassment of himself and others.
PA Media contributed to this report.