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4 December 2014updated 24 Jul 2021 3:30am

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested on suspicion of rape

The Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has been arrested following an allegation of rape.

By Anoosh Chakelian

The Conservative MP for the Wrekin, Mark Pritchard, has been arrested following an allegation of rape.

Sky is reporting that the MP was arrested and questioned by police on Tuesday on suspicion of rape, and has been released on bail.

Here is the Metropolitan Police statement:

We can confirm that a 48-year-old man voluntarily attended a north London police station on Tuesday, 2 December where he was arrested, following an allegation of rape in central London.

He has been bailed to a date in early January 2015 pending further enquiries.

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There is a mention of his arrest from yesterday’s parliamentary business paper. Here’s what it says:

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4 Arrest of a Member

Copy of a letter addressed to the Speaker, dated 3 December 2014, from the Metropolitan
Police, relating to the arrest of Mark Pritchard, Member for The Wrekin (The Speaker). 

The Huffington Post has a letter from Met officer Sandra Looby addressed to the Speaker, John Bercow:

I write to inform you that on December 2 Mark Pritchard MP was arrested at 6.14pm at Holborn Police Station in London by Metropolitan Police Service officers.

Mr Pritchard was questioned by police and released on police bail later the same evening at 10.16pm.