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Conservative MP arrested on suspicion of rape

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Conservative MP Crispin Blunt on Thursday confirmed he had been arrested on suspicion of rape, adding to a slew of allegations of sleaze that have dogged the UK’s ruling party.

“I have now been interviewed twice in connection with this incident,” he wrote in a statement posted on X, formerly Twitter, adding that he had reported concern about extortion connected to the allegations.

“The arrest was unnecessary as I remain ready to co-operate fully with the investigation that I am confident will end without charge,” he added.

A Surrey Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm a man in his 60s was arrested yesterday morning [25 October] in Horley on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substances. He has been released on conditional police bail pending further enquiries.”

The arrest will compound the woes faced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has had to navigate successive scandals surrounding sexual misconduct and bullying among his MPs.

Former Conservative minister Peter Bone was suspended from the Commons on Wednesday after being accused of bullying and sexual misconduct by a former member of staff. He has denied the allegations.

That could trigger a by-election in Bone’s supposedly safe Wellingborough seat, adding to the recent series of contests prompted by allegations of serious crimes and inappropriate behaviour by Tory MPs.

This month the Tories lost the Tamworth by-election, a seat previously held by former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher, who was suspended after he was found to have sexually assaulted two men at a London club.

Last year the Conservatives lost the Tiverton and Honiton seat after the resignation of Tory MP Neil Parish, who admitted watching porn in the House of Commons.

Meanwhile, David Warburton, Conservative MP for Somerton and Frome, resigned last year in the face of allegations of sexual…

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