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MPs demand an end to sexist culture as Neil Parish blames tractors for porn in Parliament

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Labor Deputy Leader reacted in disbelief after Tory MP Neil Parish said he looked at tractors but ended up looking at pornography

She responded on Twitter on Saturday afternoon in disbelief that the 65-year-old MP from Tiverton and Honiton had said he looked at tractors but ended up looking at pornography.

Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner said Neil Parish must think we were “all born yesterday” as the Tory MP resigned after admitting to watching porn in Parliament.

“He was looking for tractors but ended up with porn actors?” she posted.

“Neil Parish must think you were all born yesterday. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are a national disgrace.”

Labor MP Chris Bryant went on to say Mr Parish did the “right thing” in resigning.

Speaking on LBC radio, he said: “I figured it would come to that sooner rather than later.

“I’ve heard some people say people should have reported this earlier. The truth is, he shouldn’t have done it.

“It reveals a few things that I think we may need to change in the system in Parliament.

“It seems silly: why should there be a rule saying you can’t look at pornography in the House of Commons? You would think that was pretty easy.

“Perhaps we should have a rule about gross misconduct that is more in line with what people would have in their normal work.”

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour’s shadow leader in the House of Commons, said: “It’s the right decision, the people of Tiverton and Honiton deserve better than Neil Parish’s disgusting behaviour.

“But it is shocking that the Conservatives have allowed this debacle to drag on for many days.”

Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Parish’s resignation should be a moment for society to say “enough is enough” when it comes to misogyny.

The First Minister said: “I don’t think what has come to light about this particular MP over the last few days could really lead to any other conclusion.

“Watching porn on your cellphone in the House of Commons when you’re representing voters is just unacceptable.”

She said sexism and misogyny are “a societal issue” that must now change.

Ms Sturgeon added: “I think this is a moment to really say ‘enough is enough’. Not all men are misogynists, but all women experience misogyny.

“And misogyny, by and large, has to do with male behavior. So men need to change, and I hope this is a moment where they really think carefully and seriously.”

Mr Parish resigned as an MP after admitting he had viewed pornography twice in Parliament, saying he first accidentally viewed it after viewing tractors online before then acting on purpose.

The chair of the select committee, who is a farmer by trade, said the second time was when he waited in a “moment of madness” to vote on the side of the Commons chamber.

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