Sky News has caught up with former chief whip Chris Pincher, who was instrumental in Boris Johnson’s downfall.
Last month, Mr Pincher resigned his publish after he was accused of groping two males in a non-public members’ membership.
It later emerged he had already been investigated for his conduct three years in the past.
The PM’s official spokesperson ultimately confirmed that the prime minister was beforehand advised about an investigation into the disgraced MP’s inappropriate behaviour in 2019, regardless of days of Number 10 saying Mr Johnson was unaware of particular allegations in opposition to his former deputy chief whip.
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In a clumsy change on Friday, when requested in regards to the allegations by Sky News correspondent Dan Whitehead at Lichfield practice station, Mr Pincher repeatedly refused to reply a lot of questions on the matter – but additionally refused to maneuver away.
“I’ve got no comment to make” and “if you just leave me alone for a moment, thanks” are Mr Pincher’s solely feedback within the practically four-minute change wherein he remained fixated on his cellphone.
The Tory whip was solely faraway from him quite a few days after the allegations have been launched into the general public area and Mr Pincher now sits as an impartial MP.
It was the second time the MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire resigned from the whip’s workplace, after Conservative candidate Alex Story accused him of constructing an inappropriate advance in 2017.
Mr Johnson later apologised for appointing Mr Pincher as deputy chief whip, saying it “was a mistake” and “in hindsight the wrong thing to do”.
The prime minister mentioned sorry to “everybody who has been badly affected”, including: “I just want to make absolutely clear that there is no place in this government for anybody who is a predator or who abuses their position of power.”
He additionally mentioned: “If I had my time again, I would think back on it and recognise that he wasn’t going to learn any lessons and he wasn’t going to change and I regret that.”
Minutes after the prime minister had spoken on the matter, Sajid Javid handed in his resignation as well being secretary.
“I have spoken to the prime minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience,” he mentioned in a letter.
Moments later, then-chancellor Rishi Sunak additionally dramatically give up his publish.
“The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning,” he mentioned.
Mr Sunak added that “we cannot continue like this”.