Former Tory minister ‘arrested on suspicion of rape’

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Former Tory minister 'arrested on suspicion of rape'
The MP was allegedly arrested on Saturday morning after being accused by a young woman who works in parliament, The Sunday Times claims

A former Tory minister has allegedly been arrested on suspicion of rape.

The MP was arrested on Saturday morning after being accused by a young woman who works in parliament, The Sunday Times claims.

Police confirmed they had arrested a man in his 50s, but did not confirm any further details about his identity or occupation.

A police statement said: ‘On Friday 31 July, the Metropolitan Police Service received allegations relating to four separate incidents involving allegations of sexual offences and assault.

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‘These offences are alleged to have occurred at addresses in Westminster, Lambeth and Hackney between July 2019 and January 2020.

‘The Met has launched an investigation into the allegations.

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‘A man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday 1 August on suspicion of rape and is currently in custody in an east London police station.’

A Conservative Party statement said: ‘We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously. As this matter is now in the hands of the police it would be inappropriate to comment further.’

This is a breaking news story – more follows.

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