Woman who claims she was raped by Tory MP wants politicians to use Parliamentary privilege to name him
- Alleged victim wants identity of MP arrested on suspicion of rape made public
- She wants an MP or peer to use parliamentary privilege to name the suspect
- Friend of alleged victim said she wants the MP named to protect constituents
- The Conservative party have refused to suspend the Member of Parliament
The alleged victim of a Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape has called for his identity to be made public when Parliament returns next week to protect his constituents.
She wants an MP or peer to use parliamentary privilege to name the suspect when they come back from their summer recess break.
The former minister who is in his 50s was arrested earlier this month after the police received allegations of rape and sexual assault in four separate incidents.
A former Commons researcher, who is in her 20s, claimed she required hospital treatment after one alleged assault.
The alleged victim of a Tory MP arrested on suspicion of rape has called for his identity to be made public when Parliament returns next week
But the Conservative Party has refused to suspend the MP whose identity has not been made public and who is currently on bail while police investigate.
A friend of the woman last night told the Daily Mail that she wants him to be named in Parliament so that vulnerable constituents are aware of the allegations against him.
‘She is only going down this route because of the lack of action by the Conservative Party,’ she said.
‘He should not under any circumstances be allowed to meet constituents and in any other workplace he would be suspended. He’s been arrested for a serious violent offence.
The Conservative Party has refused to suspend the MP whose identity has not been made public and who is currently on bail while police investigate
‘It’s important he’s named so every constituent can take relevant precautions, it’s a public safety issue. Currently he’s allowed to visit schools in his constituency, go to youth clubs, meet vulnerable adults, and assist women with rape cases and domestic abuse referrals.’
Allies of the MP have claimed that he cannot be identified because this would risk his accuser’s identity becoming known, but the woman, who worked as a researcher for a different MP, has said this is not true.
MPs and peers have used parliamentary privilege to identify high-profile individuals facing allegations of misconduct.
In 2018 Topshop boss Sir Philip Green was named as the ‘leading businessman’ who obtained a privacy injunction to prevent the Press from publishing allegations of bullying and sexual harassment.