Investigation Begins as House Member Caught Watching Pornography Inside Chamber

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Investigation Begins as House Member Caught Watching Pornography Inside Chamber

The Conservative Party’s chief whip says investigation has begun into reports that a Tory MP watched pornography on his phone in the Commons chamber.

The party’s whips office said “the chief whip is looking into this matter” in a statement released on Wednesday.

“This behaviour is wholly unacceptable and action will be taken.”

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It is believed the accusation was made during a meeting of the 2022 yesterday – the female grouping of the 1922 group of Conservative backbench MPs.

Around 50 to 60 female Conservative MPs are said to have been present at the meeting.

Sky News understands that two individuals in attendance told Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris how they had witnessed an MP watching pornography both in the chamber and in a committee.

It comes in response to reports in The Sun and Daily Mirror that the MP – reported to be a Tory frontbencher – was watching pornography on a mobile phone while sitting alongside a female minister.

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One MP in attendance told Sky News that Mr Heaton-Harris looked “horrified” and asked for the man’s identity.

According to Sky News’ political editor Beth Rigby, the women have subsequently spoken to the chief whip and named the man.

The Mirror newspaper reports that those also in attendance at the meeting included Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden, Commons Leader Mark Spencer and former prime minister Theresa May.

The meeting came amid reports that 56 MPs, including three Cabinet ministers, are facing allegations of sexual misconduct referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievances Scheme (ICGS).

The scheme was set up in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement and is Parliament’s mechanism for handling complaints of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported over the weekend that the 56 MPs face allegations ranging from making sexually inappropriate comments to more serious wrongdoing.

Sky News

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