Training minister Will Quince says he has been given “categorical assurance” from Quantity 10 that Boris Johnson was “not conscious of any severe particular allegations” in opposition to his disgraced former deputy chief whip, Chris Pincher, when he was appointed.
Mr Pincher quit the role last week after he was accused of drunkenly groping two males at a personal members’ membership in London on Wednesday.
The Tory whip was solely faraway from him on Friday afternoon – that means he now sits as an impartial MP.
It was the second time the MP for Tamworth in Staffordshire resigned from the whips workplace, after Conservative candidate Alex Story accused him of constructing an inappropriate advance in 2017.
But questions have been raised about what the prime minister knew earlier than appointing Mr Pincher in February, with allegations Mr Johnson referred to the MP as “Pincher by identify, pincher by nature” beforehand.
Labour Get together chair Anneliese Dodds has written to the PM demanding solutions, claiming Mr Johnson is “clearly comfortable to comb sexual misconduct underneath the carpet as a way to save his personal pores and skin”.
Chatting with Sky Information’ Kay Burley, Mr Quince stated it was a “honest query” to ask what the PM knew and one he had put to Quantity 10 “firmly and clearly” earlier than happening air.
He added: “I have been given categorical assurance that the prime minister was not conscious of any severe particular allegation on the subject of the previous deputy chief whip.”
Mr Quince stated the allegations in opposition to Mr Pincher have been “surprising and appalling”, and that they did “large harm to the repute and belief in Parliament”.
He additionally stated it was vital to “name out” such behaviour, urging different folks affected to come back ahead and, “if the allegation is severe, in fact I’d encourage folks to go to the police”.
Mr Pincher is now underneath investigation by Parliament’s Impartial Complaints and Grievances Scheme.
He stated he’s seeking “professional medical support” and hopes to return to signify his constituents “as quickly as potential”.