Pound­shop We­in­stein’s VERY cosy din­ner with Pros­e­cu­tions Min­is­ter

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Si­mon Wal­ters PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

THE for­mer Gov­ern­ment Whip forced to re­fer him­self to po­lice af­ter he was branded a ‘pound­shop Har­vey We­in­stein’ se­cretly dined with a Min­is­ter who su­per­vises the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Service 24 hours later, it emerged last night.

Chris Pincher, who quit his role af­ter The Mail on Sun­day revealed how he made a pass at for­mer Olympic rower and Tory ac­tivist Alex Story while dressed in a bathrobe, met So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Robert Buck­land at the Carl­ton Club in London on Mon­day.

The covert meet­ing is bound to lead to more ques­tions about Mr Pincher – and could land Mr Buck­land in con­tro­versy. If po­lice press charges against Mr Pincher for his al­leged be­hav­iour, the de­ci­sion whether or not to pros­e­cute will be taken by the CPS.

The se­cret Carl­ton Club din­ner was also at­tended by two other Tory MPs named on the West­min­ster sex dossier. This news­pa­per has not named them since the claims against them on the dossier are un­sub­stan­ti­ated.

The mem­bers-only Carl­ton Club in St James’s Street was founded by se­nior Tories 200 years ago and its 1,600 mem­bers in­clude many se­nior Con­ser­va­tives.

Mr Pincher stepped down from the Whips’ Of­fice and re­ferred him­self to the Con­ser­va­tive Party’s com­plaints pro­ce­dure and the po­lice af­ter this news­pa­per re­ported Mr Story’s claims.

Mr Pincher is said to have at­tempted to un­tuck Mr Story’s shirt af­ter per­suad­ing him to come back to his London home. Mr Story, who com­peted in the 1996 Olympics, said Mr Pincher poured him a whisky, mas­saged his neck and whis­pered: ‘You’ll go far in the Con­ser­va­tive Party.’

Mr Pincher then dis­ap­peared into an­other room and ‘re­turned in a bathrobe like a pound­shop Har­vey We­in­stein, with his chest and belly stick­ing out’, at which point Mr Story, who was 26 at the time, left.

Mr Pincher said: ‘If Mr Story has ever felt of­fended by anything I said then I can only apol­o­gise.’

Mr Pincher de­clined to com­ment. A friend of the MP said: ‘This was a reg­u­lar so­cial din­ner be­tween a group of Con­ser­va­tive MPs.’

Mr Buck­land de­clined to com­ment last night.

‘You’ll go far in the Con­ser­va­tive Party’

TORY MADE PASS AT MALE AID MEET­ING: Mr Buck­land, above, and Mr Pincher, right. Left: Our story last week

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