Uk news Ex-Tory minister facing rape allegations will not be suspended - party London news
MetiNews.Com - A former Tory minister arrested on allegations of rape will not be suspended from party while police investigate. "These are serious allegations and it is right that they are investigated fully,” a spokesperson for the Conservative whips' office said. “The whip has not been suspended. This decision will be reviewed once the police investigation has been concluded."
Breaking News ! A former Tory minister arrested on allegations of rape will not be suspended from party while police investigate. "These are serious allegations and it is right that they are investigated fully,” a spokesperson for the Conservative whips' office said. “The whip has not been suspended. This decision will be reviewed once the police investigation has been concluded." It comes after Labour’s safeguarding spokeswoman Jess Phillips said it was “shocking” that the MP had not been suspended following his arrest. Read more Minister: Parliament must be 'safe' for young women after rape claim She said the decision sent a “terrible message” that senior figures were still able to secure “protection” from their Westminster status. “But what I would say in this matter, is in any organisation – especially one like Members of Parliament who every day work with vulnerable people, young activists, members of staff – in any other organisation, were this police investigation to be going on, somebody would be suspended while the investigation was taking place,” she told Times Radio. “While pending a police investigation for a sexual crime, I think it is only right that the whip is withdrawn.” The unnamed MP, in his fifties, is alleged to have assaulted a woman and forced her to have sex.
He was arrested on Saturday after the Metropolitan Police received allegations from a former parliamentary worker of four separate incidents between July last year and January.
It comes days after Charlie Elphicke, the former Conservative MP for Dover, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, including one against a parliamentary worker.
Elphicke was suspended from the party after the allegation first emerged in November 2017, but later reinstated ahead of a crunch vote of no confidence in Theresa May's leadership.
Following the latest allegations, housing minister Robert Jenrick said that Parliament “needs to be” a "safe space" for young women to work.
MP: Rape allegation against former Tory minister 'extremely serious'
He told Times Radio: “We need to make sure, like any other workplace, it is one that’s fit for everybody where everybody feels safe and comfortable working, and when allegations are raised they are treated with the seriousness they deserve.”
A spokesman for the Met said: "On Friday, 31 July, the Metropolitan Police Service received allegations relating to four separate incidents involving allegations of sexual offences and assault.
"These offences are alleged to have occurred at addresses in Westminster, Lambeth and Hackney between July 2019 and January 2020.
"The Met has launched an investigation into the allegations.
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