A Conservative lawmaker in Britain was arrested this weekend after a former parliamentary worker accused him of raping her, based on British information stories.
The lawmaker, who is alleged to have as soon as held a authorities management place, has not been publicly recognized. He was launched on bail after being taken into custody on Saturday in an East London police station, the police mentioned.
The arrest posed issues for the federal government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, creating strain on Mr. Johnson to droop the lawmaker from the Conservative Get together and forcing the federal government to account for when it realized of the allegations.
The Sunday Occasions, the British newspaper that first reported the arrest, mentioned that the allegations had been beforehand raised with two senior members of Mr. Johnson’s authorities. However officers mentioned on Sunday that the lawmaker would stay within the Conservative Get together and that they might overview the choice solely as soon as the police completed their investigation.
The police in London mentioned that they arrested a person in his 50s on Saturday on suspicion of rape as a part of an investigation into 4 incidents between July 2019 and January involving accusations of sexual offenses and assault.
The police didn’t launch the suspect’s identify or verify his occupation.
The previous parliamentary worker who accused the lawmaker of rape and assault mentioned that she was so traumatized that she needed to go to the hospital, The Sunday Occasions reported.
The newspaper reported that one other Conservative lawmaker spoke to the lady a month in the past after which mentioned the allegations with two members of Mr. Johnson’s authorities: Mark Spencer, the chief whip, whose job it’s to wrangle lawmakers earlier than votes, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chief of the Home of Commons.
The lady additionally spoke straight with Mr. Spencer, the newspaper reported.
Mr. Spencer’s workplace mentioned in an announcement that he “takes all allegations of harassment and abuse extraordinarily significantly and has strongly inspired anyone who has approached him to contact the suitable authorities, together with Parliament’s impartial complaints and grievance scheme.”
The Conservative Get together additionally mentioned it took “all allegations of this nature extraordinarily significantly.”
Complaints about bullying, abuse and sexual harassment within the British Parliament have circulated for years, and scrutiny of that tradition has elevated for the reason that starting of the #MeToo motion.
After a variety of lawmakers had been accused of sexual harassment in 2017, a brand new system was arrange in Parliament for workers members to report inappropriate conduct. Earlier than that, complaints had been taken to the celebration whips.
The Sunday Occasions mentioned the previous parliamentary worker filed a grievance this 12 months towards the Conservative lawmaker utilizing the brand new complaints system after which not too long ago reported the incidents to the police.
One of many lawmakers accused in 2017 of sexual offenses, Charlie Elphicke, was convicted last week on three charges of sexual assault stemming from 2007 and 2016. One lady mentioned that Mr. Elphicke pressured her onto a settee and groped her earlier than chasing her whereas he chanted, “I’m a naughty Tory.”
The federal government of Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa Could, suspended Mr. Elphicke from the Conservative Get together after the allegations had been made public, however he regained his membership in 2018, simply earlier than a vital vote of no-confidence in Mrs. Could’s management. Mr. Elphicke was suspended once more final 12 months, after he was charged, and didn’t run once more within the December common election.