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Tory MP accused of raping Commons researcher back at work within WEEKS despite ongoing investigation

THE senior Tory MP arrested on suspicion of raping a House of Commons researcher can return to work in two weeks’ time.

He was re-bailed until November, and has not been suspended by the party, so can go back to Parliament when MPs finish their summer break.

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.

“The investigation is being undertaken by the Met Central Specialist Crime, Complex Case Team (CCT).”

The alleged victim of the MP – who has not been suspended from the Conservative Party – has said she was “devastated” by the chief whip’s failure to take action over the case.

The MP, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been accused of coercing her into have sex with him while they were in a relationship.

She said she was left so traumatised she had to go to hospital.

Chief whip Mark Spencer was alerted to the allegations against the arrested MP back in April and failed to take any action against him or encourage the alleged victim to speak with the police.

It is understood Mr Spencer does not believe that a sexual assault was reported to him in the conversation with the complainant – but acknowledges she reported abusive and threatening behaviour.

Labour has criticised the Conservatives for failing to withdraw the whip as the allegations are investigated.

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