Conservative MP in UK arrested over rape and sexual assault allegations

UK parliament.
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An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister was arrested on Saturday after police received allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, the Sunday Times reported.

A woman in her 20s reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex, the newspaper reported. The woman was a former parliamentary employee, it said.

London's Metropolitan Police said it had received on Friday allegations relating to four separate incidents between July 2019 and January 2020.

"A man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday, 1 August on suspicion of rape," the police statement said.

Late on Saturday, the police said the lawmaker had been released on bail after being held in custody in an east London police station, and that he was to return in the middle of this month.

The police did not confirm any further details about the man's identity or occupation. 

The Sunday Times reports he's a Conservative MP. The alleged crimes were reported to the Mark Spencer, the chief whip, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons by a fellow Conservative MP.

"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," the party said in a statement.

The accused MP's identity appears to be known to the Sunday Times, which said it had approached him for comment. 

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