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UK Conservative MP Neil Parish to quit after admitting watching porn

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U.K. Conservative politician Neil Parish said he would resign as an MP after admitting he twice watched pornography in the House of Commons chamber.

Parish, the MP for Tiverton and Honiton and the chair of the Commons’ environment, food and rural affairs committee, was suspended from the Conservative party on Friday.

Parish told the BBC on Saturday that the porn viewing had been a “moment of madness” and “I was not proud of what I was doing.”

He said the first time had been accidental, but the second was deliberate.

“What I did was absolutely totally wrong,” he said.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Tiverton and Honiton Conservatives said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Parish for his service to our communities over the past twelve years.”

“We support his decision to step down as our Member of Parliament,” the spokesperson said.

Calls for a tougher approach to maintaining standards in parliament have come to the fore in recent weeks, following other recent misconduct revelations and claims of misogyny.

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