Porn Tory, whose resignation sparked by-elections, says Boris Johnson must “face reality”.

Neil Parish sparked a by-election when he quit as MP for Tiverton and Honiton after admitting to seeing X-rated videos in the House of Commons

Mr Parish is under investigation over claims he has seen porn on Commons
Mr Parish is under investigation over claims he has seen porn on Commons

The former Tory MP, whose pornography sparked a by-election in Parliament, said Boris Johnson needed to “face reality”.

Conservative Neil Parish resigned as MP for Tiverton and Honiton last month after admitting he had twice viewed X-rated material in the Commons chamber.

Mr Parish attempted to claim he had Googled farm machinery when he stumbled upon explicit content.

His departure sparked a battle for the Devon seat, which was won by the Liberal Democrats in a heavy blow to the Tories.

Lib Dem candidate Richard Foord toppled the Conservative majority of 24,000 on a dramatic night that also saw Labor retake Wakefield from the Tories.

The results have left Mr Johnson facing renewed questions about his future just weeks after he survived a Tory vote of no confidence in his leadership.







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Amid Tory allegations over the loss of True Blue Tiverton and Honiton, Mr Parish chimed in, saying his former constituents had made their views clear.

He told BBC Radio Devon: “It is becoming increasingly necessary for the party and MPs to consider the Prime Minister’s long-term position.

“The public is concerned. The people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken and they have spoken loudly.”

He added: “What we cannot do is ignore people. It is up to the Prime Minister to take this very seriously.

“I’m afraid the time for raving is over, we really have to face reality now.”







Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tells voters ‘it’s time to show Boris the door’ after his party triumphed in Tiverton and Honiton
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Mr Parish, who held the seat for almost 12 years, said the result was “a shock and of course really a kind of national vote”.

He said the Conservative candidate to succeed him, Helen Hurford, had “run a good local campaign” but “the party has paid the price” for people’s concerns about the cost of living and the farming community’s uneasiness about farm policy reforms.

“You can try to run a very good local campaign, but we have more presidential-style party politics in this country than ever before, and of course the leader of your party and their reputation is on trial, especially in a by-election,” he said .







Boris Johnson’s domestic troubles caught up with him at a summit in Rwanda after losing two key by-elections
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He said he saw the result “mainly” as a vote against Mr Johnson, adding that MPs would have to decide whether or not the Prime Minister was a winner.

“At the end of the day it was a very safe seat, I worked hard and drove clean and I think the focus now is on the party, the MPs, to make that decision,” the former MP added.

He also told Times Radio that the Prime Minister should “reconsider his position”, saying: “It wasn’t just Boris alone, but of course the Liberal Democrats pitched there and in all fairness they won fairly and honestly.”

Upon stepping down, the 66-year-old said it was “a shame that I made such a terrible mistake and had to go the way I had to go”.

When asked how he was feeling after his party’s by-election loss, he said: “I’ve got Covid so I’m not feeling that good in general.”

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