Unnamed Conservative MP arrested after rape accusation from former parliamentary aide

UK conservative lawmaker arrested over rape allegations: Reports

People will "begin to understand" why the chief whip did not suspend a Conservative MP accused of rape once more details emerge, a minister has suggested.

A man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of rape and was taken into custody at an east London police station, the force added.

Jenrick said that the British parliament "needed" to be a safe workspace for young women.

She claims that she was left so traumatised by their relationship previous year that she ended up in hospital.

"A man was arrested on suspicion of rape and is now in custody in an east London police station".

Sources insisted Mr Spencer had not been told of any accusation of serious sexual abuse by the former minister when he spoke to the woman in April.

Lib Dem leadership contender Layla Moran said that the Tory whips office should "think again" about waiting until the police investigation is concluded.

The Daily Mail said the matter was reported to Tory chief whip Mark Spencer a month ago and it is likely to increase pressure on him on why he failed to take action for such a long time after he was told about the allegations. "He has been released on bail to return on a date in mid-August", the Met Police said.

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Shadow safeguarding minister Jess Phillips criticised the Tories for failing to suspend the whip from the MP, which would effectively eject him from the party.

Scotland Yard said the allegations against the MP are said to have taken place "at addresses in Westminster, Lambeth and Hackney between July 2019 and January 2020".

"We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously".

London's Metropolitan Police said it had received on Friday allegations relating to four separate incidents between July 2019 and January 2020.

But a spokesman for Mr Spencer said: "These are serious allegations and it is right that they are investigated fully. As this matter is now in the hands of the police it would be inappropriate to comment further".

Chief whip Mark Spencer was aware a senior Tory MP was in a sexual relationship with a woman, but not that there was an allegation of sexual assault, it was claimed today.

She added: "In any other organisation, were this investigation to be going on, this police investigation, somebody would be suspended while the investigation was taking place".

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