Member of Parliament Johnny Mercer receives a & # 39; full and unconditional & # 39; apology from Tory's main whip

Tory MP Johnny Mercer has a & # 39; full and unconditional apology & # 39; received from the Chief Whip after his deputy was accused of launching a smear campaign against him.

Chris Pincher, the assistant whip whip, is said to have tried to convince an ex-soldier to & # 39; dirty & # 39; to Mr. Mercer, who was a former captain of the army.

The Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that Mr. Pincher was accused of searching for malicious information about Mr. Mercer after meeting a former colleague for a drink in February.

Julian Smith, the main whip, offered an apology to Mr. Mercer during a telephone conversation yesterday.

It is not clear why the whips are aimed at Mr. Mercer. Another ex-soldier Tory MP Tom Tughendhat made similar allegations last week.

The accusations of dirty tricks come as the Tory party builds up a complete race to replace Mrs. May – although both Mr. Mercer and Mr. Tughendhat have denied being a candidate.

Tory MP Johnny Mercer has a & # 39; full and unconditional apology & # 39; received from the Chief Whip after his deputy was accused of launching a smear campaign against him

Tory MP Johnny Mercer has a & # 39; full and unconditional apology & # 39; received from the Chief Whip after his deputy was accused of launching a smear campaign against him

The Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that Mr. Pincher was accused of seeking harmful information about Mr. Mercer after meeting a former colleague for a drink in February

The Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that Mr. Pincher was accused of seeking harmful information about Mr. Mercer after meeting a former colleague for a drink in February

The Daily Mail revealed on Saturday that Mr. Pincher was accused of seeking harmful information about Mr. Mercer after meeting a former colleague for a drink in February

Mr Mercer, 37, who is seen as a potential future leader of leadership, posted a copy last week of a message he had received from the co-former soldier who claimed that the party had tried to & # 39 bind me to you for dirt & # 39 ;.

The MP from Plymouth Moor View said it was the third attempt to extract harmful information that he had been notified of in recent months.

Chris Pincher, the assistant whip whip, is said to have tried to convince an ex-soldier to & # 39; dirty & # 39; to Mr. Mercer, who was a former captain of the army.

Chris Pincher, the assistant whip whip, is said to have tried to convince an ex-soldier to & # 39; dirty & # 39; to Mr. Mercer, who was a former captain of the army.

Chris Pincher, the assistant whip whip, is said to have tried to convince an ex-soldier to & # 39; dirty & # 39; to Mr. Mercer, who was a former captain of the army.

The message read: & # 39; By the way, the Whips office tried to trick me into dirt. Clearly. I don't have any of them anyway, but I told him he had to turn back, anyhow.

& # 39; I suppose I might pay attention to your back. & # 39;

Mr Mercer is a former remain-supporter who has since said that the result of the referendum must be respected.

But he has also criticized the treatment of the trial by the Theresa May government.

Mr. Mercer said the alleged plot revealed why the UK was in such a mess.

He tweeted: & # 39; Third of them I have had lately, from some army contact.

& # 39; Compare the values ​​and ethos of that institution with the Parliament and you will find answers to how we have put the UK politically in such a mess. Values, integrity, ethics – never more important or scarce. & # 39;

Mr. Pincher resigned as a whip over allegations of sexual harassment in November 2017, but was later cleared by a conservative party probe and was named Deputy Head Whip in January last year.

Julian Smith, the main whip, offered an apology to Mr. Mercer during a telephone conversation yesterday

Julian Smith, the main whip, offered an apology to Mr. Mercer during a telephone conversation yesterday

Julian Smith, the main whip, offered an apology to Mr. Mercer during a telephone conversation yesterday

The 49-year-old reported to the police when the allegations were made, but a panel led by an independent QC noted that there was no breach of the party's code of conduct.

Mr. Pincher, who was the MP for Tamworth since 2010, was accused of making an unwanted pass in 2001 with the former Olympic rower Alex Story.

He was also accused of touching & # 39; from former Labor MP Tom Blenkinsop, who told him & # 39; f *** off & # 39; to be.

Mr. Pincher would have tried to take Mr Story's shirt and massage his neck before turning into a bathrobe. Mr. Pincher said that he did not & # 39; recognize & # 39; and apologized for any offense caused.

Mr Pincher did not respond to requests for comments on the allegations concerning Mr Mercer.

During the weekend, the Mail on Sunday learned that similar questions were asked to former army colleagues of Tory MP Tom Tugendhat – who served in the intelligence corps – who ruled out a tilt at number 10 last week.

On Thursday, war hero Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer (photo) changed social media to accuse an anonymous Tory enforcer of trying to dig up & # 39; about his military career

On Thursday, war hero Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer (photo) changed social media to accuse an anonymous Tory enforcer of trying to dig up & # 39; about his military career

On Thursday, war hero Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer (photo) changed social media to accuse an anonymous Tory enforcer of trying to dig up & # 39; about his military career

A source said: & # 39; They are trawling through old friends who have not reported back surprisingly. & # 39;

It is clear that on Friday evening, Mr. Mercer pitted Mr. Whoop angry against Chief Whip Mr. Smith, and urged him to eradicate such behavior. But downing street insiders have ridiculed the idea that they were chasing.

Instead, they blamed the feverish leadership urge currently being torn by the Conservative Party summit, suggesting that Mr. Mercer was planning to flee to replace Mrs. May.

A minister, who is a former whip, said: “I have never heard that things like this are being considered, let alone done.

& # 39; It is much more likely that a competitor of Mercer posing as the office of Whips.

Tom Tugendhat - who served in the intelligence corps

Tom Tugendhat - who served in the intelligence corps

Tom Tugendhat – who served in the intelligence corps

& # 39; There is no way they would have the time or the ability. & # 39; And a serving Tory Whip told this newspaper: & # 39; We have bigger problems than Johnny Mercer. & # 39;

But Mercer, who made three journeys through Afghanistan, told The Mail: & The Chief Whip agrees with me that this behavior is unacceptable, that he is the Government's Chief Whip and that the behavior of the office of Whips & # 39; is his responsibility.

& # 39; I have no doubt that I expect this individual to have the integrity to come forward on his own initiative. & # 39;

He added: & # 39; I'm actually happy that this happened to me. I am tired of seeing colleagues treated in this way, who when I ask to intervene apparently are strange to the Whips office and ask me not to.

& # 39; So I am happy to have the opportunity to put down a firm statement that this kind of behavior is not acceptable in a modern conservative party.

& # 39; Parliament needs serious reforms. I can't just keep saying that and crying out when things like this happen. & # 39;

Mr. Mercer also denied that he was pushing the top course and said: & # 39; The idea of ​​No. 10 that I am leading a leadership campaign is a joke. I must be the only Tory Member who has not asked one colleague to vote for them.

& # 39; We have a national crisis to find out; the public does not look at those who are currently more concerned with their personal ambitions. & # 39;

The line came as unfounded rumors circulated in Westminster that a major predecessor of the cabinet was having an affair.

However, allies of the minister say that the claims of MPs & # 39; nonsense & # 39; goods.