The former deputy chief whip resigned last Thursday amid claims of sexual assault.
Speaking today, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson “was aware” of previous reports of sexual misconduct but not of any “specific” complaints when he was appointed to the position.
The No10 official also refused to deny Mr Johnson has used the phrase “Pincher by name, Pincher by nature” when reshuffling his team in 2020.
Welfare of MPs and theri staffers is one of the key roles for MPs appointed to the whips office.
The revelation the Prime Minsiter was aware of sexual assault allegations will ramp up pressure on his position, with his own MPs furious Mr Pincher was every appointed in the first place.
A number of poeople have stepped forward to make claims against the MP since he resigned last week.
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