Patrick Mercer 'taking legal advice over allegations'

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer has announced he is retiring the party whip and will not stand in the next election. In a statement he said he was taking advice over allegations that he has broke Parliamentary rules.

Panorama are planning to broadcast a programme alleging that I have broken Parliamentary rules. I am taking legal advice about these allegations, and I have referred myself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

In the meantime, to save my Party embarrassment, I have resigned the Conservative Whip and have so informed Sir George Young. I have also decided not to stand at the next General Election.