Rob Roberts readmitted to the Conservative Party after suspension over ‘unwanted sexual advances’
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Despite regaining his party membership, the MP still has the whip withdrawn, meaning he sits as an independent in parliament.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.”