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"Relief" of the researcher in arresting the Tory MP accused of rape


The woman who accused a Tory MP of rape last night claimed that the ministers are more concerned with protecting him and the party than protecting the victims.

The former parliamentary researcher in her twenties said she was relieved to learn that the ex-minister had been arrested over the weekend.

But she said she was "devastated" when the Conservatives decided not to suspend the MP, who for legal reasons cannot be named.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named either, said senior ministers "seem to be more concerned with protecting MPs and the party than protecting victims and other women."

She told ITV News: “It took me a long time to build up the courage and strength to finally go to the police. It was a relief … to see that he was arrested so quickly. & # 39;

The woman raised her allegations against the conservative chief whip Mark Spencer in April, but claimed that he had taken no action or encouraged her to contact the police.

Accusing him of escaping questions about when he would suspend the MP's whip, she added, "I felt that he hadn't taken me seriously or realized the severity of what was happening."

Former deputy chief whip Anne Milton urged high-ranking Tory MPs for rape to voluntarily give up the whip

Claire Waxman, Commissioner for Victims for London (left), said the MP's non-suspension is sending the wrong message, while former deputy chief whip Anne Milton (right) ordered the high-ranking Tory MP accused of rape to use the whip to give up voluntarily

It is believed that Mr. Spencer does not believe that he was reported to have been sexually assaulted, but he admits that she has told him about the abusive behavior and threats. He suggested that she forward her allegations to the competent authority.

The woman said, "I feel that the chief whip never took my allegations seriously or even took care of them. Since the news of the arrest, the chief whip – or anyone from the party – hasn't contacted me at all to … not offer support or anything. & # 39;

Mr. Spencer yesterday insisted that the charges against the MP be "taken very seriously" as the party came under increasing pressure to decide not to withdraw the whip.

Boris Johnson has been accused of not keeping his promise to take sexual harassment complaints seriously.

Former Deputy Tory chief whip Anne Milton urged MPs to act voluntarily. She said, “Giving up the whip is a serious step. This would be an appropriate way and should not be seen as a confession of guilt. "

Ms. Milton told The Times: "No other profession would allow a person suspected of a crime to continue as normal."

Claire Waxman, the Commissioner for Victims for London, quoted the Prime Minister.

The prosecutor raised her allegations against the conservative chief whip Mark Spencer (pictured today) in April, but claims that he did not take any action or encouraged her to contact the police

The prosecutor raised her allegations against the conservative chief whip Mark Spencer (pictured today) in April, but claims that he did not take any action or encouraged her to contact the police

She said: "Women must have confidence that crime, domestic violence and sexual abuse are taken seriously," said Boris Johnson last year.

"However, if a MP accused of rape is not suspended during the ongoing investigation, it is sending a different message."

MEPs previously decided to suspend themselves after being accused of misconduct.

Conservative Nigel Evans gave up the whip and role of spokesman in 2013 when he was exposed to allegations of sexual assault.

He was later clarified and recently became deputy spokesman. Amy Leversidge of the FDA Civil Service Union said: "If this scenario were to occur in a different job, it would be reasonable and proportionate for the employer to suspend the person for an investigation to take place.

"This phase is not about guilt or innocence, but a duty of care towards everyone involved."

Tory MP Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women's and Gender Equality Committee, called for a reform of the complaints system against MPs.

She said, “There must be a simple, well-known, and well-known process for this type of incident to be reported.

“It shouldn't have to rely on a young man or woman (because many Westminster employees are young) have to go to the main whip, which can be a very daunting figure, or to the leader of the house – whose real job the title leaves they sound far from most people's experiences.

"I've been thinking for a long time that there must be a system that has employees working directly at the IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) so that they can complain directly to their employer, who is not the MP.

"There has to be a transparent process in every large organization where an appeal can be lodged easily, and although Parliament has made progress, I am by no means convinced that we still have a system that is fit for 2020."

A senior female Tory MP said, "Of course, if there is no way to identify the victim, the MP should be suspended."

Labor said it had sent a "terrible message" that high-profile individuals could provide "protection" through their Westminster status.

Yesterday, Mr. Spencer said the police had to investigate before "we could judge where we were."

He stressed: "I think it is up to the police to conduct this thorough investigation, not the whip to investigate this alleged crime."

Police received allegations of four incidents in London on Friday. They said a man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of rape.

He was released on bail until mid-August. The MP is accused of forcing the woman into sex during a relationship.

Chief whip Mark Spencer "knew the high-ranking Tory MP was raped sexually with a woman – but was unaware of any sexual assault allegations after complaining in April"

By James Tapsfield, political editor at MailOnline

Chief whip Mark Spencer stood by his decision today not to suspend the high-ranking Tory MP suspected of rape.

The party is under increasing pressure, including from the alleged victim, to strip the ex-minister of the conservative whip.

But Mr. Spencer said it was right to allow the police to complete their investigation before taking action, while emphasizing the need to protect the prosecutor's identity.

The former parliamentary researcher in her twenties said she was attacked and forced to have sex.

She claims that she was so traumatized by her relationship last year that she ended up in the hospital.

Mr. Spencer defended his treatment of the case today and said, “The allegations are very serious and we take these allegations very seriously.

“I think it is up to the police to conduct this thorough investigation, not to the Whips Office to investigate this alleged crime, but to the police and the authorities.

"Once they come to this conclusion, we can judge where we are and what position the MP is in."

Opposition politicians condemned the "shocking" decision not to withdraw the whip from the MP. Victim Commissioner Claire Waxman in London accused Boris Johnson of breaking a vow to "seriously" treat abuse against women.

A senior Tory source, however, told MailOnline that the MP's suspension would inevitably lead to them being identified.

It was claimed today that the Chief Whip knew that the MP had a sexual relationship with a woman when she complained about his behavior – but not that there were allegations of sexual assault.

Sources insisted that when Mr. Spencer spoke to the woman in April, he was not charged with serious sexual abuse by the unnamed former minister.

A spokesman for Mr. Spencer said: "The Chief Whip takes all allegations of harassment and abuse very seriously and has strongly encouraged anyone who has contacted him to contact the relevant authorities, including the Independent Complaints and Complaints System of the Parliament that can conduct formally independent and independent measures confidential investigations. & # 39;

It is believed that Mr. Spencer was adamant that when he spoke to the woman he was not talking about "serious sexual abuse".

However, sources confirmed that he knew the couple had a sexual relationship.

The alleged victim fought at the party because it didn't act quickly and told the Times, "It's insulting and shows that they never cared about it."

Women in the Tory ranks demand that the party take action after a former conservative MP was convicted of sexual assault last week in a separate case.

A former Tory minister told the Daily Telegraph, "I'm surprised the whip wasn't removed considering what happened to Charlie Elphicke. I think the boss has a lot of responsibility. & # 39;

Opposition politicians condemned the "shocking" decision not to withdraw the whip from the MP. In the picture the Houses of Parliament today

Opposition politicians condemned the "shocking" decision not to withdraw the whip from the MP. In the picture the Houses of Parliament today

The Prime Minister told MPs last year that women "must have confidence that crime, domestic violence and sexual abuse are taken seriously by our law enforcement system".

Bur Ms. Waxman warned on Twitter that "the non-suspension of a MP accused of rape sends a different message during the ongoing investigation."

Economy Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who was asked about the situation in a round of interviews this morning, told Sky News that he did not know the details of the investigation.

“There's a victim here too. I think it is a right for us to wait until the police can carry out their investigation and then you will hear from the chief whip what action is being taken, ”he said.

Supporters of the accused MP, who cannot be named, say that he "completely" denies the allegations after being questioned by the police and released on bail. He was also 100 percent supported by his local party.

In a statement from the former minister's local association, his chairman said the MP had denied the allegations.

"(The MP) has drawn our attention to allegations against him," they said.

& # 39; He totally denies this. And this association supports him 100 percent.

"Some of the association's officials have known him for about 25 years, and based on our political and personal knowledge, we cannot accept that these allegations are even true."

The Metropolitan Police said it received allegations of sex and assault related to four different incidents at addresses in London, including Westminster, on Friday between July last year and January of this year.

A spokesman said: "The Met has opened an investigation into the allegations."

A man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of rape and detained at a police station in East London. He was later released on bail until mid-August.

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