As the former Minister was being held in custody in an East London police station, his accuser – a woman in her 20s – was being interviewed by Scotland Yard officers yesterday at a separate location. may have sparked speculation but unless or when he is charged believe if it is possible his name should be not discloses.
It is of course a difficult decision disclosure could ruin an innocent man political career , whilst the alleged victim accusation must be taken seriously and not at all dismissed or see her face a combined effort by the establishment to protect one of their own,
For this reason I reluctantly feel that the decision not to suspend the accused rapist is the right one as to do so would fd facto name him.
Not that the Tories have handled it well seemingly seeking protect one of thier own.
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The claims have caused consternation in the party, with one senior Conservative politician said to have been 'close to tears' after being informed of the allegations.
It is likely to increase pressure on Tory Chief Whip Mark Spencer, who failed to take action against the MP, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when he was told about the allegations a month ago.
Mr Spencer last night said the woman had reported 'abusive behaviour and threats', but he does not believe there was any mention of sexual assault during the discussion.
The latest potential sex scandal to hit Westminster will thrust Mark Spencer, Boris Johnson's little-known Chief Whip, reluctantly into the spotlight.
The job traditionally requires a mixture of charm, aggression and a complete command of the dark arts – skills displayed to varying degrees by recent occupants of the post such as Michael Gove and Gavin Williamson
But the job – memorably immortalised in the fictional form of Francis Urquhart in the House Of Cards novels and television series – also requires the holder to be the political equivalent of a bomb disposal expert.
So there is likely to be dismay in Downing Street if another sex scandal has not been properly dealt with by the Whips Office.
Mr Spencer is not a natural Urquhart: a former dairy farmer who first entered the Commons in 2010, he has been described as 'one of the nicest people in the parliamentary Conservative party' – usually a disqualification for the post.
Mr Spencer backed Remain in the 2016 EU referendum, before switching tactically to backing Brexit under Theresa May and Boris Johnson.
Mr Spencer, who lives with his wife and children in Nottinghamshire, has played in goal for the Commons football team.
But if the rape investigation leads to another Tory MP losing the whip – or even his liberty – Mr Spencer could lose his slightly dull reputation as a safe pair of hands.