A Conservative MP has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual crimes for seven years.

Scotland Yard confirmed in a statement that a 50-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of trust and misconduct in public service.

The person remains in custody, and the investigation into the alleged crimes, which took place between 2002 and 2009, is ongoing.

The crimes are believed to have taken place in London.

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Tory chief whip Chris Heathon-Harris has asked an unnamed incumbent MP to stay away from parliament while the investigation, led by the Central Criminal Specialist, continues.

A spokesman for the conservative whips office said: “The main scourge has asked that the relevant MP not visit the parliamentary seat while the investigation is underway.

“We will not comment further until the investigation is completed.”

It is clear that the Conservatives will not decide whether to whip the suspect until the police investigation is completed.

The metropolitan police said they had received a report of alleged sexual crimes in January 2020.

Neither the police nor the Conservative Party have named the MP involved.

Last month, The Sunday Times reported that 56 lawmakers are currently facing charges ranging from obscene sexual comments to more serious offenses.

Boris Johnson agreed that sexual abuse would be a “reason for dismissal” for ministers when asked about the newspaper’s report on the prime minister’s questions in April.

The Prospekt trade union, which represents hundreds of staff members of parliament’s chambers, said tougher action was needed.

Deputy Secretary-General Gary Graham said: “What will it take for Parliament to finally take its responsibilities to its staff and visitors seriously and suspend access to the estates of parliamentarians under investigation for sexual offenses?”

He added: “Parliament has the same responsibilities towards its staff as any other place of work, and it must fulfill them.”

https://news.sky.com/story/conservative-mp-arrested-over-rape-and-sexual-assault-allegations-spanning-seven-year-period-12615430

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