A Tory MP’s helper has been arrested on suspicion of rape following an alleged incident inside Britain’s Houses of Parliament.
The 23-year-old man, who works for the Tory MP Craig Mackinlay, was arrested after the charged assault in the early hours of Friday, the Metropolitan police reported.
A representative for the South Thanet MP said: “On Friday morning, Mr Mackinlay was made aware of a charge against an individual from his staff.
“Following a request made by the police and parliamentary administrations he conceded full access to his Westminster office. Mr Mackinlay is as of now anticipating further detail from the police.”
Officers were called to Westminster after the charged casualty raised the alert. Police said the man had been safeguarded until January as investigators researched what happened.
A Met representative said: “Detectives from the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command are investigating an allegation of rape at the Houses of Parliament in the early hours of Friday 14 October.
“A 23-year-old man was arrested that same day on suspicion of assault. He has been bailed pending further request to a date in mid-January 2017.”
A representative for the House of Commons said: ““We are aware of an incident on the parliamentary estate, which is being investigated by the Metropolitan police service. Parliament is working closely with the police on their investigation and we cannot comment further while this is ongoing.”