Whip de­fends ac­tion over Tory ac­cused

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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.

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