The Metropolitan Police have not named the Tory MP who was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault offences (Picture: Getty)
A Tory MP accused of rape and sexual assault offences spanning seven years has been released on bail.
The Metropolitan Police have not named the man, who is aged in his 50s, but said he faces further investigation.
He 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 but has not suspended the whip, meaning the suspect remains a member of the parliamentary party.
Scotland Yard said officers received a report in January 2020 relating to alleged sexual offences committed in London between 2002 and 2009.
The investigation is being led by officers from the Met’s central specialist crime team.
It is understood the Conservatives will not make a decision on suspending the MP’s whip until the police investigation is concluded.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she was ‘very, very concerned’ that a Tory colleague had been arrested.
Asked how she felt when she heard the news, she told Sky News: ‘I’m very, very concerned about the reports that I’ve heard. Clearly this is a matter for the police.
‘The police are currently working on the case but it is worrying that we are seeing these appalling … accusations, again, about a parliamentarian.’
Ms Truss was then asked if the MP should have been suspended or had the whip withdrawn, and she said: ‘I think it’s a matter for the police about whether that individual is named.
‘I don’t know who it is. I know that the police are looking at it and investigating it and I think we need to wait for the police to conduct those investigations.’
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