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Chris Pincher loses Tory whip over misconduct allegations


A senior MP who allegedly groped two men at a private club and admitted to having drunkenly “embarrassed myself” has lost the Conservative whip.

Chris Pincher, who stood down as the deputy chief whip over the allegations on Thursday night, was initially allowed to continue sitting on the Tory benches.

The government U-turned in the face of pressure from colleagues and withdrew the whip, meaning that Pincher, the MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire, will sit as an independent.

A spokeswoman for the Conservative chief whip, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “Having heard that a formal complaint has been made to the ICGS, the PM has agreed with the chief whip that the whip should be suspended from Chris Pincher while the investigation is ongoing.

“We will not pre-judge that investigation. We urge colleagues and the media to respect that process.”

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