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Tory MP who sent ‘unacceptable’ texts faces suspension from parliament

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

A Tory MP who sent “unacceptable” texts to a young intern faces being suspended from the House of Commons.

Rob Roberts, the MP for Delyn, who sent messages to a 21-year-old intern, inviting her to “fool around”, has been subject to a probe by a parliamentary watchdog, which has now been concluded.

The Mail on Sunday is reporting that the standards commissioner has proposed that Roberts be suspended, and that he is appealing against the decision. The move could eventually lead to a by-election in his constituency.

The Tory MP beat Labour’s David Hanson at the 2019 General election by 865 votes in the hyper-marginal so called ‘Red Wall’ seat.

The Mail also suggested that sources within the Conservative Party believe the appeal will fail because he has already apologised for his conduct after complaints of sexual harassment.

If the appeal fails it will be voted on by follow MPs, who will decide whether to confirm it or not.

‘Recall’ 

If the suspension is for longer than 10 sitting days it could open a window for a Recall Petition, which could trigger a by-election.

Once a petition is open it is available for signing by constituents for six weeks. For a recall petition to be successful at least 10% of eligible registered voters need to sign it, and of the required number is not reached the petition fails and the MP remains in post.

However, if  the 10% threshold is reached the petition officer informs the Speaker of the House of Commons that it has been successful, at which point the seat becomes vacant. A by-election is then triggered and the recalled MP is allowed to stand as a candidate.

The Conservative Party has also conducted on investigation into the the MP’s behaviour. It refused to suspend Roberts, but the spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said that the conduct was “unacceptable” and that the has been “rebuked”.

The spokesperson added: “He has apologised for his behaviour and was instructed to undertake safeguarding and social media protection training.

“It’s something the party takes incredibly seriously and has dealt with accordingly.”

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Callum James Littlemore
Callum James Littlemore
6 months ago

If the Conservatives have any slither of decency left then they should suspend him immediately. Circling the wagons to defend him is an insult to all of those who face this kind of unacceptable behaviour and makes a mockery of our Parliamentary processes.

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago

People living in his constituency should organise a petition like that which got the fraudster in Brecon &Radnor deselected.

J hj
J hj
6 months ago

For a member of Parliament & leader of our constituency to just say sorry and think ok move on …Reading through his Facebook page ,he is no less than a bully a man who I belive is a narcissist ,

BOB GAFFEY
BOB GAFFEY
6 months ago

wasn’t he accused of inviting a male aid for a meal which made him feel uncomfortable?

Elfrida Jones
Elfrida Jones
6 months ago

Just HOW is he earning his money – or respect? He is a sham – not been seen in constituency before or after the election!! We deserve someone who cares not someone wanting an easy debauched living.

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