Charity to decide on future of shamed MP

Neil Parish has been a trustee of Devon County Agricultural Association for the past 12 years

Neil Parish
Neil Parish

Neil Parish, the Conservative MP who stepped down over the weekend after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons, will learn his fate as a charity trustee in September.

Devon County Agricultural Association, where Parish has been a trustee for 12 years, told Third Sector that it would consider his future at the next meeting of its council.

The council acts as a trustee board for DCAA, which helps run the Devon County Show each year. 

Parish, who was elected to represent Tiverton and Honiton in Devon in 2010, is one of 88 trustees listed on the Charity Commission website.

He resigned from parliament after it was revealed that he had watched pornography on his phone twice in the House of Commons.  

Colleagues had initially raised concerns without naming Parish, before his identity was published by The Telegraph newspaper

He referred himself to parliamentary authorities on Saturday but decided to quit the next day.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “DCAA has acknowledged the issues concerning Neil Parish MP, who has been a member of the DCAA council as well as a trustee for 12 years.  

“This is a matter for the association’s 100-strong team of council members to consider at their next meeting, which is scheduled for September.”

The charity’s income was £1m in 2020, down from more than £2m in previous years, largely as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

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