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Chris Pincher in line for £7,920 payout amid groping allegations

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Chris Pincher could receive a severance package of nearly £8,000 after resigning from Boris Johnson’s government amid allegations he groped two drunk men.

As deputy chief whip, Pincher received a cabinet salary of £31,680, according to the latest figures.

Ministers under 65 who leave government and are not reappointed to a post within three weeks are entitled to receive a quarter of their annual salary as severance pay, meaning Pincher could take 7 £920.

A Tory MP said it was automatic, but noted he could refuse payment.

Wendy Chamberlain, the Liberal Democrats’ chief whip, told Insider: “Given the seriousness of the allegations against Chris Pincher and the nature of his resignation, I would really expect him to step down. his severance pay.

Whether or not Pincher takes the salary may not appear in official records until the Cabinet Office’s annual report covering the period April 2022 to March 2023, not expected until July 2023.

The Prime Minister’s deputy spokesman told reporters he had not asked Johnson about the severance package, but “the Prime Minister thinks it is right that he has resigned”.

The spokesperson said Johnson was unaware of the “specific allegations” against Pincher when he was named deputy chief whip in February, despite Pincher resigning in 2017 over similar allegations. He did, however, refer to “unsubstantiated allegations” at the time of Pincher’s appointment.

The spokesperson declined to provide details of communications between Johnson and Pincher regarding his resignation.

Tory MPs told Insider that Pincher should have the Tory whip removed and that he should step down as an MP.

Pincher’s office did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.