Whip defends action over Tory accused
Conservative chief whip Mark Spencer has insisted that rape allegations against a senior MP are being taken “very seriously” as the UK party came under pressure for not acting. Labour has condemned the decision not to remove the whip from the former minister.
But Mr Spencer said the police must carry out their investigation before “we can assess where we’re at”.
The Metropolitan Police received allegations on Friday of sexual offences and assault relating to four incidents at addresses in London, including in Westminster.
The force said a man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of rape and taken into custody at an east London police station. He has been released on bail to a date in mid-August.