OPINION - Talking Point: Do you think the porn MP should be sacked?

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Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme is investigating (PA) (PA Archive)
Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme is investigating (PA) (PA Archive)

Allegations have brought fresh shame upon parliament as two MPs claimed porn was shown on a mobile phone in the House of Commons chamber.

It’s not been a good week for the reputation of men in Westminster, amid the misogyny accusations levelled at an unnamed source who referred to the supposed distraction of Angela Rayner crossing her legs, and a shadow cabinet member alleged to have called a “rising star” MP someone who men want to sleep with.

Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance scheme is looking into the accusations. Until its findings are complete, the Tory whip doesn’t look like it will be removed. However, there could be dire consequences if inappropriate behaviour is found to have taken place.

Nickie Aiken, Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, told the Standard: “If this is true, and I have no doubt having heard the two MPs speak that something untoward happened… he should really do the decent thing and resign immediately as an MP.

“In all other areas of employment, an employee who was found to be doing something similar would be sacked.”

There should be no grey area over whether parliament is a place of work, meaning it’s neither the time nor the place for viewing porn. The seriousness may only now be dawning that doing so could be a sackable offence.

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