Is there no end to MPs’ misconduct? Do you really know your local MP? This is Neil Parish.


First published: April 2022 | Updated June 2022.


NEIL PARISH MP

🌳 Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton

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KNOWN FOR:

  • 2013 Voted against the implementation of same-sex marriage (source)
  • 2016 – Voted in favour of the UK leaving the European Union (source)
  • 2022 – Watched porn in the House of Commons (source)

FAMOUS QUOTES:

  • On same-sex marriage – These things are best left to evolve, this should be for the Church and Christians to decide, not for parliament to legislate.” (source)
  • On Brexit – “I personally made the case for Britain to remain in the EU as the best option for British agriculture.” (source)
  • On an MP watching porn in the HoC (before being found out) – “When you’ve got sort of 650 members of Parliament in what is, you know, a very intense area, I mean you are going to get people that step over the line. I think it does have to be dealt with and dealt with seriously.” (source)
  • On admitting watching porn in the HoC – “The situation was, funnily enough, it was tractors I was looking at, so I did get into another website with sort of a very similar name and I watched it for a bit, which I shouldn’t have done. My crime — my biggest crime — is that on another occasion I went in a second time — and that was deliberate. That was sitting waiting to vote.” (source)

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FACTS:

  • “In the case of porn in parliament, it appears that it was left to a woman MP sitting next to the man in question to report the matter. Forced into an uncomfortable situation by a colleague who didn’t seem to care, she had to take another uncomfortable step in sparking an investigation.” (source)

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