Chris Pincher: allegations against Tory MP explained

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The former Deputy Chief Whip has said he is seeking “professional medical support” to return to his MP duties “as soon as possible”.

These are the allegations leveled against him.

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Wednesday June 29th

According to that SunThe 52-year-old is said to have groped two fellow guests on Wednesday (June 29) at the Carlton Club in London’s Piccadilly, the exclusive club for private members of the Tory party.

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In conversation with the Times One of the men anonymously said he was buying a round of drinks when Pincher fondled his bum before moving his hand to his groin. It was the first time he met Pincher.

Chris Pincher has resigned, explaining in a letter to Boris Johnson that he “embarrassed myself and others” after “drinking far too much” (Photo: PA/UK Parliament).

He said: “I had my drink in my hand and then he went down and grabbed my ass and then slowly. . . moved his hand along my groin. I froze a bit and it ended after about two or three seconds. It was a very bizarre thing.”

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He claimed he reached out to Sarah Dines, a junior whip who witnessed the alleged attack, and told her to bring up the chief whip incident.

“I said, ‘That might have happened in the 1970s and 1980s, but it’s not okay now,'” he said.

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The second man who was allegedly groped recalled a similar encounter, according to the Times.

2021/2022

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In conversation with the Independently A Tory MP anonymously claimed Pincher targeted him twice, once in December 2021 and then again in June at the Parliamentary estate.

In the alleged incident last month, the MP said Pincher deliberately touched his genitals through his clothing and refused to move his hand when asked.

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He said: “He put his hand on my crotch and moved it around.

“I shook my head and said no, I didn’t mean to, but [Pincher] just smiled… he kept going until I could walk away.”

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In the first alleged attack, in December 2021, the MP said Pincher repeatedly groped him with his hand “firmly” on his butt.

He said: “It was really late and I had been working stupid hours for days. I had been drinking with a number of colleagues from Westminster and it got very hazy. I remember suddenly being aware of being touched in a sexual way.”

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The MP said on both occasions the touch was extensive and sexually intimate and his ability to resist the touch was limited due to drinking.

2013

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According to a report by post on Sundaya Tory worker has told how Pincher threatened to report her to her boss after trying to stop his “lascivious” advances towards a young man at a 2013 Tory party conference.

Speaking to the publication, the former parliamentary scholar said: “[Pincher] kept making visual and verbal suggestions and I could tell the guy was a little uncomfortable so he and I started chatting a lot more.

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“He was both eyeing him and making comments about what the guy looked like. We chatted in an almost weird way to make it clear that the guy wasn’t in that room and Chris just seemed to get jealous and angry.

“I made a sort of joking remark to Chris, not about the situation because I wouldn’t dare – he was an MP – but it was really funny, really light-hearted and he turned and snapped and said, ‘Who’s your boss ? ?”.”

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The former researcher called Pincher’s behavior “abuse of power,” adding, “I kept thinking how mean he was when he felt like I was some kind of competition in some way. It was weird.”

2017/2018

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The Sunday Times reported Pincher allegedly made unwanted advances with two Tory MPs in 2017 and 2018 after he first resigned as a whip following allegations by former Olympic rower Alex Story.

Chris Heaton-Harris (left) and Chris Pincher in Downing Street, London (Photo: PA)

While none of the MPs filed a formal complaint, the MP who met Pincher in 2018 reportedly brought the incident to the attention of Chris Heaton-Harris and a No. 10 officer in February this year over concerns that Pincher was lining up for appointment as chief whipper would.

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A government spokesman said that without a formal complaint in February it would have been inappropriate to block Pincher’s appointment at the cabinet reshuffle.

What were Alex Story’s allegations?

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Pincher served as Deputy Whip and Comptroller of the Budget in 2017, but resigned his position on November 5, 2017, citing the Conservative Party and police grievance process.

The move came after former Olympic rower and Conservative candidate Alex Story claimed that nine years earlier, when Pincher was MP, Pincher had made an unwanted push against him after inviting him back to his home in London.

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Story claimed Pincher tried to unbutton his shirt and massaged his neck. He said Pincher poured him a whiskey and whispered, “You’re going to go far in the Conservative Party.”

Pincher then reportedly left the room, and when he returned, Story said he was wearing a “robe like a Harvey Weinstein pound store, with his chest and stomach sticking out.”

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Alex Story described Chris Pincher as “a pound shop Harvey Weinstein” (Picture: BBC)

Story then left the premises.

At the time, Pincher responded to the allegation by saying, “If Mr. Story has ever been offended by anything I said, my only apology is to him.”

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Pincher was later acquitted by the Conservative Party after an investigation into the charge of violating party rules.

A Conservative spokesman said: “Following media allegations, Chris Pincher referred to our Code of Conduct.

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“Following an investigation, a panel led by an independent QC reviewed the evidence and concluded that there was no breach of the Code of Conduct.”

In another incident, Pincher was also accused of “huffing it up” by former MP Tom Blenkinsop, who told him to “flip”.

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What did Chris Pincher say in his resignation letter?

On Friday July 1, Pincher resigned from his position as deputy Tory chief whip after he was accused of groping two men at a private members’ club.

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In his letter of resignation to Johnson, Pincher wrote: “Dear Prime Minister.

“I drank way too much last night. I’ve embarrassed myself and others, which is the last thing I want to do, and for that I apologize to you and those affected. I think under the circumstances, stepping down as Deputy Chief Whip is the right thing to do. I owe it to you and the people I upset into doing this.

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“I want to assure you that you will continue to have my full support from the back benches and I wish you well as you deal with the aftershocks of COVID and the challenges of international inflation.

“It was the honor of my life to have served in Her Majesty’s Government.”

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This is the second time Chris Pincher has resigned from his position amid allegations of misconduct (Picture: PA)

Pincher was stripped of the Conservatives’ whip on Friday after he was reported to Parliament’s conduct watchdog, meaning he will sit as an independent MP. Pincher represents Tamworth in Staffordshire and has no intention of stepping down as MP.

Pincher has since said in a statement that he is seeking “professional medical assistance” and hopes to be able to return to his MP duties “as soon as possible”.

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He said: “I respect the Prime Minister’s decision to sit out the whip pending an inquiry and I will fully cooperate with it.

“As I told the Prime Minister, I drank far too much on Wednesday night and embarrassed myself and others and I am really sorry for the uproar I caused.

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“The stresses of the past few days, adding to those of the past few months, have made me seek professional medical assistance.

“I’m in the process of looking for that right now and I hope to be able to return to my constituency duties as soon as possible.”

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