Ex-Tory minister 'could soon face charges over historic sex crimes'

Ex-Tory minister who was arrested last year over ‘historical’ sex crime claims could face charges as the Met Police hand file of evidence to the CPS

  • Met Police are reportedly investigating a former minister over sex crime claims
  • The unnamed ex-Tory was reportedly arrested over the claims in June 2021
  • New report claims dossier has been passed to prosecutors to consider charges 

A former Tory minister who was arrested last year over allegations of historic sex crimes could soon be charged, according to a new report. 

Detectives from the Met Police have passed a dossier on the former politician to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider laying charges, The Sun reported today.

The allegations concern a female complainant between 2004 and 2010 and are sparking concerns of renewed outrage in repeated ‘Pestminster’ scandals in politics.

The ex-Conservative minister in question was arrested on June 21, 2021 on suspicion of historical sexual offences, according to the report. 

A CPS spokesperson told the publication: ‘The CPS has received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police related to allegations against one person and is now reviewing the material in line with our legal test.’

The Metropolitan Police are investigating a former Tory minister over allegations of historic sex crimes, according to a new report

A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Detectives have passed a case file to the Crown Prosecution Service for review. There have been no other arrests.’

The fresh allegations come amid public furore about sexual misconduct involving politicians.

In total, seven MPs are currently suspended from their respective parties over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Another Tory MP, who has not been publicly named, is on bail pending an investigation by the Met Police into allegations of rape.

The first of two December by-elections – in Chester – will take place today after Labour’s Christian Matheson, 54, resigned when he was found to have committed ‘serious sexual misconduct’ against a former junior staffer.

Mike Clancy, the general secretary of trade union Prospect, which represents parliamentary staff, expressed hope earlier this year the Prime Minister would address the scandals.

He said: ‘Sophisticated employers have processes and procedures to ensure that the rights of victims, and those who are the subject of complaints, are properly handled.

‘This is an opportunity to reset the culture and show the leadership that hasn’t been there in the past.

‘And I’m hoping that the new prime minister will be able to clean this up and deal with a toxic culture.’

Source: Read Full Article