Rishi Sunak faces ANOTHER by-election as Chris Pincher resigns

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak is facing another by election test in a safe Conservative seat with the resignation of former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher today

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Christopher Hope

By Christopher Hope


Published: 07/09/2023

- 09:04

Updated: 07/09/2023

- 09:26

Pincher has today written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt formally resigning as MP for Tamworth, GB News can reveal.

Rishi Sunak is facing another by election test in a safe Conservative seat with the resignation of former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher today.

Pincher has today written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt formally resigning as MP for Tamworth, GB News can reveal.


He lost an appeal against an eight week suspension from the Commons for groping two men at a Mayfair private members’ club.

MPs were expected to vote shortly on whether to approve the punishment.

In its report, Parliament's conduct watchdog said the former Conservative deputy chief whip's behaviour amounted to an abuse of power.

In a statement to GB News Pincher said: "I have said already that I will not stand at the next General Election.

"However, following the Independent Expert Panel's decision I wanted to talk to my office team and family.

"I do not want my constituents to be put to further uncertainty, and so in consequence I have made arrangements to resign and leave the Commons.

"Tamworth is a wonderful place and it has been an honour to represent its people. I shall make no further comment at this time."

Pincher holds a rock solid majority of 19,634 in Tamworth but the seat was held by Labour until 2010.

Rishi Sunak also faces a by-election in Mid Bedfordshire, after Nadine Dorries officially resigned last week.

It will take place in October, meaning Sunak may have two crunch by-elections on his hands before the year is out.

The House of Commons Committee of Standards initially recommended Pincher's suspension before the Summer recess, but he appealled the decision saying it was "disproportionate".

The MP for Tamworth claimed the incidents took place while he was off duty and therefore acting in a personal capacity.

His appeal was dismissed.

An independent expert panel (IEP) found that the original committee's investigation “approached this task properly, with the correct considerations in mind”.

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