Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has been arrested over allegations of rape and possessing controlled substances, it was revealed today.
Blunt took to social media to confirm he was the ‘prominent Tory MP’ who had been interviewed by police on Thursday night, stating he has been questioned by police on two occasions.
He claimed his arrest over the allegations was ‘unnecessary’.
Writing on X, formerly Twitter, Blunt said: ‘It has been reported that an MP was arrested yesterday in connection with an allegation of rape. I am confirming that MP was me.
‘The fact of the arrest requires a formal notification of the Speaker and then the Chief Whip.
‘I have now been interviewed twice in connection with this incident, the first time three weeks ago, when I initially reported my concern over extortion.
Crispin Blunt took to social media on Thursday to identify himself as the MP in question
The senior politician was interviewed by police yesterday. He was also questioned on suspicion of possession of controlled substances
‘The second time was earlier this morning under caution following arrest. The arrest was unnecessary as I remain ready to cooperate fully with the investigation that I am confident will end without charge.
‘I do not intend to say anything further on this matter until the police have completed their inquiries.’
Former chief whip Chris Pincher was forced out of office last week over claims he groped a man at a party.
And yesterday, Peter Bone – a former minister – was suspended from the Commons for six weeks for bullying and sexual misconduct against a member of staff.
Another Conservative MP is also on bail over sexual assault allegations, which he denies.
Mr Sunak’s party is currently behind in the polls, and suffered two shattering blows last week when Labour seized true-blue strongholds Mid Beds and Tamworth, overturning massive majorities.
Experts said the results put Sir Keir Starmer firmly on track for No10 next year. Although by-elections never translate directly, if replicated at a general election the 20-plus percentage point swings seen would see the Conservatives reduced to a rump of just 20 seats.
The public is also seemingly in favour of an election sooner rather than later, according to More in Common research.
Just 12 per cent believe the ballot should happen at the last possible date in January 2025, with 32 per cent backing next May.
A Surrey police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a man was arrested yesterday morning (25 October) on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substances.
‘He has been released on conditional police bail pending further enquiries.’