Met drops rape case against Tory MP Andrew Rosindell

A spokesman for Andrew Rosindell said he had been 'completely exonerated'
Andrew Rosindell had been barred from attending the parliamentary estate - UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP EDITORIAL /UNIVERSAL HISTORY ARCHIVE
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A Conservative MP who was arrested over allegations of rape, sexual assault and misconduct in public office will face no further action by the Metropolitan Police.

Andrew Rosindell, the MP for Romford, was arrested in May 2022. The alleged offences were claimed to have taken place between 2002 and 2009.

He had been barred from attending the parliamentary estate and could not speak in the Commons chamber or vote while the investigation was carried out.

A Met Police statement said that after a “thorough investigation” the evidence threshold for criminal prosecution had not been met.

A spokesman for Mr Rosindell said: “Andrew has been completely exonerated. He has been working constantly for Romford throughout the past 21 months and will continue to speak up for the people of his beloved home town as their local MP.”

Andrew Rosindell with Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit at Romford Greyhound Stadium in 2005. Mr Rosindell was first elected in 2001
Andrew Rosindell with Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebbit at Romford Greyhound Stadium in 2005. Mr Rosindell was first elected in 2001 - Eddie Mulholland

Mr Rosindell, who was first elected in 2001 and was a shadow home affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, is understood to have been told on Sunday that no further action would be taken.

A Met Police spokesman said: “In January 2020, the Met received a report relating to alleged sexual offences having been committed in London between 2002 and 2009.

“A man, aged in his 50s, was arrested in May 2022 on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office.

“A thorough investigation has been carried out by detectives. They concluded that the evidence did not meet the threshold set by Crown Prosecutors. The man has been informed he will face no further action.”

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