Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual offences which allegedly occurred in London

The party’s chief whip has confirmed that an unidentified Tory MP is under currently investigation.

A Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and other sexual offences which allegedly took place in London, Scotland Yard has said.

The Tory party’s chief whip Chris Heaton Harris has asked the MP to stay away from Parliament while the investigation is ongoing.

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The Metropolitan Police said: “In January 2020, the Met received a report relating to alleged sexual offences having been committed between 2002 and 2009.

“The offences are alleged to have occurred in London.

“An investigation is ongoing, led by officers from Central Specialist Crime.

“A man, aged in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office.

“He remains in custody.”

The unnamed politician has been confirmed to be under investigation by the party’s chief whip.

A statement from the whips office said: “The chief whip has asked that the MP concerned does not attend the Parliamentary estate while an investigation is ongoing.

“Until the conclusion of the investigation we will not be commenting further.”

More to follow.