Parliament Member Arrested For Assault & Drug Charges

Crispin Blunt, a prominent Conservative MP, has been taken into custody on allegations of rape and drug possession. Following this event, the party temporarily suspended him. Blunt publicly identified himself in response to Surrey police’s disclosure of a man in his 60s being arrested and later granted bail.

As a result of the ongoing police investigation, Blunt now operates as an independent MP and has reportedly been advised to keep distance from parliamentary grounds.

Representing Reigate and having previously held positions as a justice minister and the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Blunt remains optimistic that the investigation will conclude without charges against him. He revealed that he had already approached the police with an extortion claim related to this incident a few weeks ago.

Blunt’s statement clarified his position, mentioning he had been interviewed twice regarding the matter, the first time being when he reported his extortion concerns. He believes his arrest was unwarranted as he is open to cooperating, expecting the investigation to end without charges.

Surrey police confirmed the arrest of a man on suspicions of rape and drug possession, who was subsequently released on conditional bail. The alleged drugs are currently being examined.

This incident adds to the growing number of MPs facing legal action over alleged sexual misconduct. Another unnamed Conservative MP was arrested in May 2022 over multiple charges, though he has not been charged. In separate cases, former Tory MPs Charlie Elphicke and Imran Ahmad Khan were found guilty of sexual misconduct.

Historically, the House of Commons speaker would announce MP arrests, but this tradition ended in 2016.

The 2019 parliamentary session has seen numerous MPs from various parties facing misconduct allegations. Notable cases include Peter Bone’s suspension due to harassment allegations, Chris Pincher’s resignation after an investigation discovered inappropriate behavior, Neil Parish’s resignation after confessing to watching inappropriate content in the Commons, and David Warburton losing his party privileges due to allegations.

Additionally, Julian Knight faced allegations, which he refuted, resulting in losing his party privileges, although a police investigation was dropped. Despite this, he won’t be seeking MP re-election due to further complaints made to the party. Now serving as an independent, Rob Roberts faced sanctions for inappropriate behavior towards a staff member.

The Labour Party has not been immune to such incidents either. Geraint Davies was suspended following multiple claims of misconduct, which he denies, and Charlotte Nichols criticized her party for their handling of a misconduct claim against a senior party member.