A Conservative MP has been arrested after a former parliamentary aide accused him of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, according to reports.
The ex-minister, who has not been named, is alleged to have assaulted a woman and forced her to have sex – and the abuse allegedly took place during a relationship, The Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday reported.
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The Metropolitan Police said it received allegations on Friday of sexual offences and assault relating to four separate incidents at addresses in London, including in Westminster, between July last year and January this year.
A spokesman for the Met said: “The Met has launched an investigation into the allegations.”
A man was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of rape and remains in custody at an east London police station, the force added.
A Conservative Party spokesman said: “We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously. As this matter is now in the hands of the police it would be inappropriate to comment further.