Neil Parish resigns over Commons porn scandal

Neil Parish has resigned as an MP after admitting he watched pornography twice in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP For Tiverton and Honiton said he first visited the website accidentally after looking at tractors online, but then returned to it for a second time deliberately in a “moment of madness”.

The 65-year-old select committee chairman was suspended by the Conservative Party on Friday after two female colleagues reported seeing him looking at the explicit content on his mobile phone in the Commons chamber and at a select committee hearing.

In an interview with BBC South West, he said: “The situation was that, 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.

“My crime – my 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.”

He added: “What I did was absolutely wrong. I was wrong, I was stupid, I lost sense of mind.”

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