Boris Johnson suspended Chris Pincher after he heard a “disturbing” account of the allegations in opposition to him from a Tory MP who witnessed the incident, it has been reported.
The prime minister initially resisted the decision to droop Mr Pincher however bowed to strain after a criticism concerning the MP was made to a parliamentary watchdog for sexual misconduct.
A Downing Avenue supply mentioned Mr Johnson modified his thoughts after chatting with a Tory MP who witnessed the incident and was involved with the alleged sufferer.
“The account given was sufficiently disturbing to make the PM really feel extra troubled by all this,” the supply advised the PA information company.
Mr Pincher resigned on Thursday night time after the groping claims got here to mild. He mentioned he had drunk an excessive amount of and “embarrassed himself” on the Conservative Get together’s non-public members’ membership the night time earlier than.
A separate declare surfaced on Friday from a younger Conservative activist who claimed to have been subjected to an undesirable sexual advance from Mr Pincher final yr.
The activist advised The Instances the MP put his hand on his knee and advised him he would “go far within the occasion” at an occasion in the course of the Conservative Get together convention in Manchester.
“It’s surprising he was wherever close to the whips’ workplace,” he was quoted as saying.
Mr Pincher’s attorneys denied the allegation.
One Tory MP who was current on the Carlton Membership on Friday night time advised The Telegraph that they “threw out” a “very drunk” Mr Pincher after being made conscious of a groping allegation.
“I used to be made conscious of the primary state of affairs, and I took him outdoors and advised him to depart, as a result of he was too drunk,” the MP mentioned. “I used to be advised he had been inappropriate with somebody, and apparently he had run his arms down him.”
The prime minister accepted Mr Pincher’s resignation as deputy chief whip on Thursday, having authorized his appointment in February regardless of earlier allegations of misconduct in opposition to the MP.
Mr Pincher beforehand resigned as a whip in 2017 after being accused of inappropriate behaviour by an Olympic swimmer and former Conservative candidate. He was cleared by an inner investigation and returned to authorities two months later.
Downing Avenue admitted it was conscious of the sooner declare in opposition to Mr Pincher however insisted the prime minister had no purpose to dam his appointment.
Mr Pincher was moved from his position as a housing minister to the whips workplace within the prime minister’s February reshuffle. In January he was a part of a “save Boris” operation launched in response to anger over the Partygate scandal, which broke the month earlier than.
The previous deputy chief whip was the fifth Tory MP to have been pressured to give up, had the whip eliminated or been ordered to steer clear of parliament over sexual misconduct allegations this yr.
Neil Parish, the previous Tiverton and Honiton MP who resigned after admitting to watching pornography within the Home of Commons chamber, lamented his remedy by the occasion in contrast with Mr Pincher’s. He prompt Mr Pincher was protected by his proximity to the prime minister.
Mr Pincher is underneath investigation by the Unbiased Complaints and Grievance Scheme, a parliamentary physique that critiques complaints of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct.