Boris Johnson says watching porn at work 'totally unacceptable' after claim MP did so in Commons

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Boris Johnson has said watching pornography at work is "totally unacceptable" following claims a Conservative MP watched porn in the House of Commons.

In his first comments on the allegation since it emerged yesterday, the prime minister said: "It's obviously unacceptable for anybody to be doing that kind of thing in the workplace.

"It would be the same for any job up and down the country.

"Clearly that kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable."

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He added that the proper procedure now needs to be taken by the independent parliamentary complaints watchdog as "we need to get to understand the facts".

The MP in question has not been named publicly but two female Conservative MPs informed the party's chief whip during a meeting on Tuesday they had seen the male MP watching porn on his phone in the Commons.

Ministers have been speaking out against the alleged behaviour, with government efficiency minister Jacob Rees-Mogg saying it was "extraordinary and appalling".

Earlier, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the culture needed to change in Westminster following "several instances of inappropriate and sexist behaviour".

Attorney general Suella Braverman suggested that if the allegations were proven the culprit could be suspended or even expelled from the House.

The allegations came in the wake of reports suggesting 56 MPs, including three cabinet ministers, are facing claims of sexual misconduct that have been referred to an official complaints service.

Meanwhile, a Mail on Sunday report citing anonymous Tory MPs - who claimed that Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner deliberately crossed and uncrossed her legs to distract Boris Johnson in the Commons - has sparked criticism across the political spectrum.

'MP should be removed from parliament'

Earlier, a Downing Street spokesman said the culture in parliament was "not good enough" as "shocking incidents" are still being reported.

Chris Heaton-Harris, the Tory chief whip, has ordered an investigation into the pornography allegations.

The party's whips office said on Wednesday that he "has asked that this matter be referred to the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme", Westminster's independent complaints service.

"Upon the conclusion of any ICGS investigation, the chief whip will take appropriate action," a spokesman said.

Rachel Maclean, the safeguarding minister, told Sky News's The Take with Sophy Ridge she wanted to see the MP in question removed from Westminster.

It is believed the allegation was made during a meeting on Tuesday of the 2022, the female grouping of the 1922 committee of Tory backbench MPs.

Two people in attendance told Mr Heaton-Harris they had witnessed an MP watching porn both in the Commons chamber and in a committee, Sky News understands.

One MP there said that Mr Heaton-Harris looked "horrified" and asked for the man's identity.

Around 50 to 60 female Tory MPs are said to have been present at the meeting.

Ms Maclean, who was in attendance, told Sky News: "None of us could believe our ears... we were just all shocked and horrified."

'Long nights with bars lead to behavioural challenges'

Defence secretary Ben Wallace was also among those calling for culture change and said there was "no place for pornography in any workplace".

He told Sky News: "It is late sitting, long nights with bars, and that very often leads, and it has done for decades, to behavioural challenges."

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said the Conservative Party should "take action now" against the unnamed MP at the centre of the allegations.

"This is an unusual case because the Tory party knows who this individual is," he said.

Boris Johnson agreed during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, when asked about the report, that sexual misconduct would be "grounds for dismissal" for ministers.

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