CHRISTOPHER Pincher, the Member of Parliament for Tamworth has been asked to rejoin the Government after stepping down from his post as Comptroller of the HM Household late last year.
As part of Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle this week, Mr Pincher was asked to take up the role of Deputy Chief Whip, Treasurer of HM Household; a relatively senior position within politics.
He takes over from The Right Honorable Esther McVey MP who was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Mr Pincher held the position of Comptroller of HM Household, Government Whip, from June 2017 to November 2017; prior to that, Assistant Government Whip from 17 July 2016 until 15 June 2017.
Chris Pincher stood down from the whips’ office in November and referred himself to the new Conservative complaints procedure following newspaper reports that he made inappropriate advances on Olympic rower and Conservative activist Alex Story.
He was cleared of the allegations in December by a panel headed by an independent QC. The claims emerged at the height of the Westminster sexual harassment scandal.
Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.
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