A British politician arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault has been released on bail, London’s Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday.
Police launched an investigation into the alleged incident in January 2020, but did not reveal the suspect’s identity. The alleged sex offenses were committed between 2002 and 2009, the police said.
Scotland Yard – the police headquarters – said the Conservative MP, in his 50s, was also arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in public office.
Tory Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris urged the unnamed man to stay away from Parliament but has not suspended him. The suspect remains a member of the parliamentary group, reports ITV News.
Heaton-Harris didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Police said the politician had been “released on bail pending further investigation until mid-June” and that an investigation was ongoing.
The Prospect union, which represents hundreds of parliament staffers, said tougher action needed to be taken against individuals.
The union’s deputy general secretary, Garry Graham, told The Post: “What will it take for Parliament to finally take its responsibilities to its staff and visitors seriously and suspend access to the compound to MPs who are under investigation for sex crimes?
“Voluntary agreements to stay away do not work, as demonstrated by the presence of Imran Ahmad Khan in Westminster during the ongoing investigation, although he has agreed to stay away.”
Graham said “Parliament has the same responsibility to its staff as any other workplace” and it “must live up to them”.
Ahead of the politician’s release, Secretary of State Liz Truss said she was “very, very concerned” at the arrest. Truss didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
“I’m very, very concerned about the reports I’ve heard. That’s clearly a matter for the police,” she told Sky News.
“Police are currently working on the case but it is worrying that we are seeing these appalling… allegations against an MP again.”
A statement from the Tory whip office said: “The chief whip has requested that the MP in question not come to the parliamentary estate while an inquiry is ongoing. We will not comment further until the investigation is complete,” BBC News said.
The Conservative Party did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
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