Tory MP accused of rape won't attend Parliament & Speaker begs MPs not to name him
THE TORY MP accused of rape will not attend Parliament and the Speaker of the House of Commons has begged other MPs not to name him.
The MP "voluntarily agreed" not to head back to Westminster after the summer recess while on bail after the allegations of rape against him.
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told the House this afternoon: "The House will know that a member has been arrested in connection with an investigation into allegations of a very serious criminal offence.
"I've received assurances from the member and from the Government chief whip that the member has voluntarily agreed not to attend the House of Commons for the period of the bail."
Sir Lindsay also said it was essential fellow MPs do not try and publicly name the alleged perpetrator accused of rape by a former parliamentary staffer.
Sir Lindsay added: "While the investigation is ongoing I believe it would be wholly inappropriate for any further reference to be made of this matter in the house – including any attempt to name the member concerned."
MPs have previously used parliamentary privilege – which protects MPs and peers from prosecution for statements made in the House of Commons or House of Lords – to name people who could not otherwise be publicly named.
The MP, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of coercing the alleged victim into having sex with him while they were in a relationship.
But he was not suspended from the Conservative Party, with chief whip Mark Spencer saying it was a matter for the police to investigate.
The probe into the allegations is being carried out by a specialist crime team within the Metropolitan Police.
A spokesperson said: "On Friday, 31 July, the Metropolitan Police Service received allegations relating to four separate incidents involving allegations of sexual offences and assault.
"These offences are alleged to have occurred at addresses in Westminster, Lambeth and Hackney between July 2019 and January 2020.
"A man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday, 1st August 2020, on suspicion of rape, sexual assaults by penetration and touching and assault.
"His bail to return date has been extended to early November 2020."
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