UK Conservative MP Arrested on Suspicion of Rape

The Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom arrested an unnamed Conservative member of parliament (MP) on May 17 on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the MP was in custody following a two-year investigation over allegations dating between 2002 and 2009.

The spokesperson said that the Metropolitan Police received in January 2020 a report related to alleged sexual offenses that occurred in London.

The man, aged in his 50s, also faces allegations of abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in public office, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers from the Central Specialist Crime unit are leading the ongoing investigation, the Metropolitan Police added.

A spokesperson from the Conservative Whips office, which is responsible for party discipline, said that the Chief Whip has asked the MP not to attend Parliament while the investigation is ongoing.

“Until the conclusion of the investigation, we will not be commenting further,” the Conservative Whips spokesperson said.

The arrest follows a series of sexual misconduct allegations against MPs, which have prompted questions over the culture of Westminster.

Over 50 MPs have been accused of sexual misconduct and have been referred to the parliamentary authorities since the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme was set up in the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2018.

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