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MP Crispin Blunt suspended by Tories after arrest on suspicion of rape

26 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Crispin Blunt who is the Conservative MP for Reigate. Photo Richard Townshend/UK Parliament

Senior MP Crispin Blunt has been suspended by the Tories after being arrested on suspicion of rape and the possession of controlled substances.

The former minister, 63, identified himself as the man that Surrey Police detained in Horley on Wednesday morning, before his release on conditional bail.

The MP for Reigate said he will “co-operate fully” with the ongoing investigation and is “confident” that he will not be charged.

He said he has been interviewed twice over the incident, the first time three weeks ago when he “initially reported my concern over extortion”.

Conservative chief whip Simon Hart told Mr Blunt to stay away from Parliament during the process, the PA news agency understands.

After identifying himself, Mr Blunt had the whip suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation, meaning he is now an Independent.

Mr Blunt wrote on social media: “It has been reported that an MP was arrested yesterday in connection with an allegation of rape. I am confirming that MP was me.

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

“I do not intend to say anything further on this matter until the police have completed their inquiries.”

Ministry of Justice

He served in the Ministry of Justice as the minister responsible for prisons and probation between 2010 and 2012.

The police were unable to say if the controlled substances were drugs, as tests are being carried out.

The Tory Party has declined to comment on his arrest, first reported by The Sun, and would not say whether he has been asked to stay away from Parliament, as has happened in the past.

Mr Blunt is the latest in a string of sitting MPs to be arrested on allegations of sexual offences.

Back in May 2022, it emerged that a Tory MP in his 50s had been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office.

The Tory whips’ office said at the time that the MP had been asked not to “attend the Parliamentary estate while an investigation is ongoing”.

The latest extension to his bail is to mid-February.

One Conservative MP was arrested on suspicion of rape in 2020. He was never identified and police took no further action after an investigation.

On Thursday, a police spokesman said: “We can confirm a man was arrested yesterday morning in Horley on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substances.

“He has been released on conditional police bail pending further inquiries.”


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Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
5 months ago

There is something like this happening a hell of a lot with the scum party or something to do with money they are rotten to the core

John Davies
John Davies
5 months ago

Classy!

The essence of conservative belief is that there are people the law controls but does not protect and there are people the law protects but does not control. Even so, it is possible to allow feelings of immunity and entitlement to carry a person too far.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
5 months ago

Goodness ! At this rate we won’t need a GE ! All these atrocious Tory MPs – the party really is sinking…

Last edited 5 months ago by Steve A Duggan
Alan Murray
Alan Murray
5 months ago

Given that this matter is sub judice, I question your decision to permit comments. I’m no lawyer but, so long as you do, I’d advise commenters to post with caution.

John Davies
John Davies
5 months ago
Reply to  Alan Murray

In such a case there are things that can safely be said and things that can not. Sifting them is the job of the mods, who have wide discretion and probably some legal guidance too.

Riki
Riki
5 months ago

Couldn’t have come at a better time for Rishi and Not so Keiring Starmer! Definite stitch up, or maybe they’ve sat on it for years waiting just for the right time to pounce. The only man to stand up for Palestine in that Party and what do you know…coincidence I’m sure!

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