Tory MP accused of rape can return to Commons after being re-bailed
A Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape can return to work at the House of Commons in two weeks after he was re-bailed until November.
The senior Tory politician, who in his fifties, is under investigation after a Parliament researcher, in her 20s, accused him of rape, sexual assault and assault.
The alleged offences took place on August 1, with his arrest initially reported by The Mail on Sunday.
The MP, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will have to return to see police in early November for more questioning.
The Met Central Specialist Crime and Complex Case Team are working on the case.
The Met Police said in a statement: ‘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.
‘A man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday, 1st August 2020, on suspicion of rape, sexual assaults by penetration and touching and assault.
‘His bail to return on a date has been extended to early November 2020.’
The Commons researcher, who claimed she needed hospital treatment as a result of the alleged rape, has said she’s ‘devastated’ by Westminster’s reaction to the claims and inaction.
The MP has yet to be suspended which has led to the Tory Party being criticised.
But Chief Whip Mark Spencer said suspending him could possibly identify the alleged victim.
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