Minister dodges questions over disgraced whip’s fate

A minister dodged questions about whether the former deputy chief whip could lose his party whip this morning.

Chris Pincher announced his resignation yesterday evening with a letter that began: “Dear prime minister, last night I drank far too much. I’ve embarrassed myself and other people which is the last thing I want to do and I apologize to those concerned.”

The Sun reportsThe Tamworth MP allegedly groped 2 guests at the Carlton Club on Wednesday evening.

Sky News spoke to Simon Hart, Welsh Secretary, about whether he felt Pincher should have the whip taken away. He also stressed that this was a matter for chief whip Chris Heaton Harris.


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However Hart added that he has his own view on the issue, and that:  “you can probably tell what that is just from the way I am sort of trying to avoid answering your question”.

“Let’s let today play out, let the Chief Whip do his duty today, and then I think we might be having a very different conversation as the day goes on,” Hart explained.

Labour has already asked for Pincher’s whip to be suspended.

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