British police ‘kindly’ confiscated my guns after porn scandal, ex-MP claims

Neil Parish has revealed UK police ‘kindly’ confiscated his shotguns to stop him shooting himself after he was caught watching porn in the House of Commons.

The former Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton in England formally resigned in May after admitting watching pornography twice on his phone in his country’s parliament.

In a candid interview on LBC’s Swarbrick on Sunday, Mr Parish opened up about his struggles following the scandal, saying Chris-Heaton Harris, the chief whip, let him ‘drown’ instead of offering him help. ‘assistance.

Neil Parish slammed Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris (left) (Aaron Chown/PA)

He said he felt “frightened” by paparazzi barging outside his house, shouting abuse at him and threatening to kill him.

Mr Parish said: ‘Have you had three days of paparazzi outside your house shouting abuse at you? That’s enough to scare anyone, and I don’t scare easily.

He continued, “I got a few death threats and you have all these cameras outside your house. And David Amess… you know, I had an office three doors down from him.

“I wasn’t going to put my wife through this. I spent the whole three days trying to make sure they didn’t have the house in front of the cameras. I think I largely succeeded. to achieve it.

“It’s not easy. And when you go to the chief whip and ask for help, you expect it. You get thrown overboard from a ship and then you are left to drown.

“That’s how it works and fine, but I saw Mark Spencer on the podcast, Telegraph podcast, saying how caring they were all. I have to put it on record, they’re not.

Mr Parish later acknowledged that the current Commons Leader was ‘much better’ than the current Chief Whip, Mr Heaton-Harris, adding: ‘This idea that they are all there to take care of us is nonsense.

“The police very kindly and rightly took – because I’m a farmer, you see – I have shotguns, so they took them from me.

“Because when you blew up your parliamentary career for 12 years, you don’t feel like you’re in the best place, and they took them for my own safety, not that I was going to shoot anyone else, just in case. where I would shoot myself.

“I did tell them in a moment of dark humor, ‘I’m a really bad shooter, I’m probably going to miss’, but of course they didn’t see the joke at the time, or it wasn’t very funny either.”

During the interview Mr Parish repeatedly said what he had done was ‘immoral’ but ‘not illegal’.

He also claimed he was probably “made up” by some of his colleagues and thrown to the “press wolves” afterwards.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey (left) and Party Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain walk with Richard Foord in Tiverton town center after being elected MP for Tiverton and Honiton in the by-election (Andrew Matthews /AP)

Asked about it, he replied, “I think I was probably (done). Now, I was wrong to watch it: it was very immoral, it wasn’t illegal, it was immoral, and I shouldn’t have done it.

“I was right in the corner of the House of Commons when you walk into the lobby to vote so this idea I think people got that I was right in the middle of the House of Commons flaunting it is absolutely fake.

“I wasn’t proud of what I was doing and it was very wrong. But I haven’t spent any time in the past 12 years, should I say, separating myself from my colleagues.

“I asked to be able to apologize if I had offended, the chief whip did not give me that possibility and I was thrown to the wolves of the press.”

On the result of the by-elections in Tiverton and Honiton, which was snatched by the Liberal Democrats, overturning a Tory majority of more than 24,000, Mr Parish said the British Prime Minister had to bear some responsibility.

He said: “I think he (Boris Johnson) is playing a very dangerous game now, he really is. He has to face the reality, that, yes, I caused the by-election, but I did not lose the by-election.

“It’s a safe seat. It would have been a reduced majority in normal times, and we would have made Helen Hurford quite comfortably, but the problem was, of course, that this was a referendum on the Prime Minister, and he has to take some responsibility.

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