Metropolitan police seeked another extension to bail the unnamed Conservative MP who was originally detained in May 2022 under suspicion of sexually violent crimes in London.
Initially bailed till June 2022, A Met spokesperson said: ‘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 was taken into custody and has since been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in mid-May 2023; an extension to his bail is being sought’ he continued.
On June 12th 2023, the Met confirmed: ‘His bail has now been extended to a date in August’.
The MP’s arrest follows a two-year investigation by the Met police, and accompanies two byelections triggered by the resignation of Conservative MPs; Former MP for Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan, 49, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Former Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish, 67, resigned after admitting watching pornography in the House of Commons following reports that an MP had been seen watching pornography on the Commons benches. He later admitted to watching it twice in the chamber.
Both ex-MPs resigned less than a month before the unnamed MP’s arrest.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, allegedly committed these sexual offences between 2002 and 2009 that are alleged to have occurred in London. Westminster sources suggest offences are believed to have also taken place in parliament.
The case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s Central Specialist Crime Team, who handled the Downing Street Partygate investigation.
A report by openDemocracy stated that the Conservative Party had given him the go-ahead to run for re-election. Whilst on bail, he has allegedly shared images interacting with local youth within his community.
Though he declined attending Westminster during the investigation, it is understood no official decision will be made whether to remove the MP’s whip until the investigation is completed.
This is in order to protect the anonymity of the victims.
Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer backed calls to name the MP with his official spokesperson stating the alleged offender should have the whip removed.
The Met police said the ‘enquiries remain ongoing’.
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