An MP for areas including Fazeley, Shenstone and Stonnall has resigned as the Conservatives’ deputy chief whip.

Christopher Pincher wrote to the Prime Minister explaining his decision was taken because he “embarrassed” himself and others after he “drank too much”.

The Conservative MP for the Tamworth constituency wrote:

“Last night I drank far too much.

“I’ve embarrassed myself and other people which is the last thing I want to do and for that I apologise to you and to those concerned.

“I think the right thing to do in the circumstances is for me to resign as deputy chief whip.

“I owe it to you and the people I’ve caused upset to, to do this.”

Christopher Pincher

Mr Pincher’s letter told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it had been “an honour” to serve in the role.

“I want to assure you that you will continue to have my full support from the back benches, and I wish you all the best as you deal with aftershocks of Covid and the challenges of international inflation.

“It has been the honour of my life to have served in Her Majesty’s Government.”

Christopher Pincher

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner says Mr Pincher’s resignation should not be the end of the matter.

“Boris Johnson must now answer how Chris Pincher can remain a Conservative MP at all.

“Standards in public life have been utterly degraded on this Prime Minister’s watch.”

Angela Rayner
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