Tory MP Patrick Mercer will remain in the Commons as an Independent MP, despite resigning the party whip over allegations that he broke Parliamentary rules.
In light of the allegations being made against him, Patrick has decided to resign the whip from the Conservative Party while a proper investigation is undertaken.
Until such time as the investigation is concluded, Patrick will be an Independent Member of Parliament and not subject to the rules of the local party.
Patrick has always been a dedicated, hard-working and popular local MP and we will be saddened if these allegations are proven.
Until such time as there has been a full and proper investigation, in line with British justice, we shall neither pre-judge nor pre-empt the outcome.
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has been accused of breaking parliamentary rules by offering to provide a Commons pass for lobbyists.
The Conservative MP, who is alleged to have lobbied on behalf of Fiji, posed several questions about the country to Parliament this year.
Patrick Mercer MP spent 25 years in the Army before entering politics.