Neil Parish resigns after admitting to watching pornography in the Commons
BBC

Neil Parish, the now-former Tory MP, has resigned after he admitted to watching pornography in the House of Commons in a "moment of madness."

The 65-year-old MP said that he first accidentally viewed it after looking at tractors online before then acting deliberately. The select committee chair, who is a farmer by trade, said the second time was while sitting waiting to vote on the side of the Commons chamber in a “moment of madness”.

He had been vowing to continue as the MP for Tiverton and Honiton after it was revealed he was the politician seen watching porn by two Conservative colleagues, but bowed to pressure to resign on Saturday.

The backbencher said in an interview with BBC South West that he recognised the “furore” and “damage” he was causing his family and his constituency in Devon before deciding “it just wasn’t worth carrying on”.

“The situation was, funnily enough it was tractors I was looking at, so I did get into another website with sort of a very similar name and I watched it for a bit, which I shouldn’t have done,” Mr Parish said.

“My crime, my most biggest crime, is that on another occasion I went in a second time, and that was deliberate. That was sitting waiting to vote on the side of the chamber.”

Sign up to our new free Indy100 weekly newsletter

Although his apology felt sincere people couldn't get over the fact that he had originally been looking at tractors then somehow ended up on a porn site with a similar name. Cue lots of Cornhub jokes and NSFW puns about tractors. Here are some of the few that we could get away with posting on here.




















Additional reporting from PA.

Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.

Please log in or register to upvote this article
The Conversation (0)