A Conservative MP has been suspended after an investigation was launched into allegations about his behaviour.
David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome, had the Tory whip eliminated after formal complaints had been made by two girls to the parliamentary harassment watchdog.
The Telegraph stated parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) acquired a report claiming the MP, who sits on the backbenches, had behaved inappropriately.
Both complainants accuse Mr Warburton of undesirable sexual feedback and sexual touching, based on The Sunday Times.
Mr Warburton denies any wrongdoing. The politician informed the newspaper: “I have enormous amounts of defence, but unfortunately the way that things work means that doesn’t come out first.
“I have heard nothing whatsoever from the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. I’m sorry, I can’t comment any further.”
A spokesperson for the Whips Office stated: “David Warburton MP has had the Conservative Party whip removed while the investigation is ongoing.”
Mr Warburton has been MP for Somerton and Frome since 2015.
The former businessman is chair of the all-party parliamentary group on music and has beforehand been a member of the European scrutiny committee.
He lives close to Somerton, in Somerset, together with his spouse and their two kids.
The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme was arrange in 2019 following the MeToo motion in Westminster.
Anyone working in parliament can contact the helpline about incidents of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct.