6 Jul 2022

Chris Pincher scandal: Deputy Mayor of Tamworth alleges he was sexually assaulted by the MP

Home Affairs Correspondent

Further allegations of sexual assault have been made against MP and former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

Conservative councillor Daniel Cook, who is Deputy mayor of Tamworth, told Channel 4 News that Mr Pincher had groped him in 2005 and 2006. He told us Mr Pincher had been drunk on both occasions when he had been assaulted.

Mr Cook said: ‘I didn’t do anything about it at the time because I thought he was a lonely man and he wanted some company. I took it as a sexual advance that had gone wrong. I didn’t feel like a victim because I am a 6ft 7in Yorkshireman and I’m capable of defending myself.’

However, Mr Cook has decided to speak out now after more allegations about Mr Pincher’s behaviour have emerged. He said he now thought it was a ‘pattern of behaviour’ and that the MP should be expelled from the Conservative Party.

Mr Pincher has denied all the allegations against him.

In a statement, the Conservative Party told us: “Mr Pincher’s membership of the Conservative Party has been suspended pending investigation.”

The party also denied having told local party members not to speak out about the issue.