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.
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.