Daisy Cooper: PM must tell Neil Parish to resign

Lib Dem Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper has called on Boris Johnson to tell Neil Parish, the Conservative MP alleged to have watched adult content on his phone in the Commons Chamber, to resign as MP for Tiverton and Honiton in Devon.

While Parish himself has said that he will do so if an enquiry into his behaviour finds against him, Daisy says that in any other workplace, an issue like this would be resolved speedily.

If Boris Johnson had any shred of decency left, he would tell Neil Parish to resign immediately.

“In any other workplace this would count as gross misconduct and the person responsible would lose their job. Parliament should be no different.

“We don’t need to insult the women MPs who witnessed this with a lengthy investigation. All his bosses need to do is ask for his devices and look at his viewing history, this isn’t rocket science.”


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  • “In any other workplace this would count as gross misconduct and the person responsible would lose their job.”

    In any other workplace there would be an internal investigation, during which time the employee concerned would be suspended. If they are found to have committed the offence, then their employment may well be terminated.

    No other employer would order an employee to immediately resign without due process.

    I agree that his devices need to be looked ta as part of the investigation, but we should await the outome of that rather than pre-empt it.

  • Yeovil Yokel 30th Apr '22 - 1:26pm

    Could this just be the chance of a 2nd. North Shropshire for our LD neighbours to the West? The timing of a by-election with campaigning help from us could come nicely after the effort we’re currently putting in to our election for the new Somerset unitary authority.

  • Mick Taylor 30th Apr '22 - 4:34pm

    BJ cannot tell Mr Parish to have the decency to resign, because he’d then have to do the same.

  • Well, he’s admitted it now and resigned, which takes the issue away from the Tory whips and Boris Johnson.

    It’s a big ask to take Tiverton and Honiton, but not impossible especially given the political context.

  • Mick Taylor 30th Apr '22 - 7:33pm

    It seems Mr Parish has more decency than BJ.
    This seat is winnable if we put in the sort of effort that was put in in North Shropshire. We need to start today.

  • Chris Moore 1st May '22 - 10:19am

    This is another pro-Brexit seat like N Shrop where our Remain Alliance and Revoke stance in 2019 wrecked our possibilities.

    Given we had almost zero support from Leavers nationally in 2019, we can conclude we got a third of the local Remain vote. Very decent.

    I believe that is our real base for this election: we start on 30%+ of the vote.

    Look back to elections in 97, 01, 05 10, we were in the thirties. And had strong support from poorer Euro-sceptic voters.

    That support was alienated by Coalition, then Remain Alliance.

    We have a real chance to recover support here and win, provided we focus on issues of importance to electors, not our own perennial obsessions: please no time wasting on PR, UBI, Land Value Tax etc

    We are not strong in local politics, but much stronger than Labour. We should go all out for this.

  • Nonconformistradical 1st May '22 - 11:46am

    “However tacky Parish’s behaviour, it (probably) was not law breaking.”

    “The act states that: “If any indecent matter is publicly displayed the person making the display and any person causing or permitting the display to be made shall be guilty of an offence.”

    It adds that: “Any matter which is displayed in or so as to be visible from any public place shall, for the purposes of this section, be deemed to be publicly displayed.””

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