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Rob Roberts readmitted to the Conservative Party after suspension over ‘unwanted sexual advances’

01 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Rob Roberts. Picture by David Woolfall (CC BY 3.0).

Delyn MP Rob Roberts has been readmitted to the Conservative Party despite having been found to have sexually harassed a member of staff.

Despite regaining his party membership, the MP still has the whip withdrawn, meaning he sits as an independent in parliament. He has continued to vote in line with the UK Government whip.

A Conservative party spokesperson confirmed Robert’s readmission today.

Roberts was suspended from the Tory party for 12 weeks in August after a report by Parliament’s Independent Expert Panel found he had “made repeated and unwanted sexual advances” towards a member of his staff and had made “inappropriate comments of a sexual nature”.

The leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, had called on Roberts to do the “honourable” thing and step down as an MP, triggering a by-election.

A Tory party source told the Guardian newspaper that Rob Roberts’ readmission set a dangerous precedent.

“This sends a worrying signal to parliamentary staff members who are still dealing with predatory and abusive behaviour on a daily basis,” they said, adding that the withdrawal of the whip was “in name only”.

A former staff member who worked in Roberts’ office has shared their concerns about the MP being allowed back into the party, telling PoliticsHome: “It’s very concerning that even after a Parliamentary suspension, an individual who causes so much concern amongst young Tories and fellow MPs alike is allowed back into the party, giving him access to a wide range of people.”

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Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
26 days ago

Sums the Tories up

Dim problem
Dim problem
26 days ago

Shameful.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
26 days ago

Ah, so this what it means when Thatcher said there was no such thing as society. It all makes sense now. A society replaced by a system that breeds contempt towards democracy in favour of a dictocracy. A land & people with no standards anymore., who lacks sympathy, empathy, honesty and the most important human quality that encompasses them all. A moral code.

Mark
Mark
26 days ago

Just reaffirms the tories are a party of self serving parasitic lowlife slime balls.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
26 days ago

Creep. He was married at the time also, so I wonder how many times he did this before he was caught.

Gareth
Gareth
26 days ago

It shows the moral bankruptcy of the Tory party, when in the article above, a Tory party source said the whip was withdrawn ” in name only” showing utter contempt for his victim, and how hollow the calls for him to resign were.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
26 days ago

The perverts party.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
26 days ago

I don’t wish anybody harm but I am annoyed about this. An injustice to the woman he has harassed and also, as a high school teacher, I am trying to teach teenagers that sexual harassment is unacceptable. What message does this send to them when there seems to be different rules for politicians?

Quornby
Quornby
26 days ago

Yuk.

R W
R W
26 days ago

And there I was thinking that this sex pest might not be sleazy enough to be a member of the morally bankrupt Tory Party!!

Nige
Nige
25 days ago

Tory,end of…

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