Tory MP arrested on suspicion of sex assaults spanning seven years

A Tory MP has been ­arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault offences over seven years.

Scotland Yard said the unnamed man, who remains in custody, was also detained on suspicion of “indecent assault, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office”.

Tory chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris urged the MP to stay away from Parliament.

It is understood the Conservatives will not make a decision on whether the suspect has the whip suspended until after the police investigation is concluded.

A Met statement added: “In January 2020, the Met received a report relating to alleged sexual offences having been committed between 2002 and 2009.

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“The offences are said to have occurred in London. An investigation is ongoing, led by the Central Specialist Crime. He remains in custody.”

A statement from the Tory whips office said: “Until the conclusion of the investigation, we’ll not comment further.” The arrest comes following scrutiny of sleaze in Westminster.

Ex-Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan quit the Commons earlier this month after being convicted of sexually assaulting a boy.

David Warburton had the Conservative whip withdrawn after allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use.

Over the past year, about 15 MPs are expected to have been investigated by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme.

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