The Sunday Times reports that a former minister has been arrested “after a woman in her twenties accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control.”
The MP was taken into custody earlier today, and was still in a police station by late afternoon. He has been accused of abuse during a relationship with the complainant, a former parliamentary employee.
“She alleges that the MP assaulted her, forced her to have sex and left her so traumatised that she had to go to hospital”, writes The Times. The Metropolitan Police has since launched an investigation. Of the incident, they 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.
“The Met has launched an investigation into the allegations. A man was arrested on suspicion of rape and is currently in custody in an east London police station.”