By Tara Rippin • 25 August 2020 • 9:08
A woman who claims she was raped by a Tory MP wants him to be named when Parliament returns after a summer break next week.
THE alleged victim, in her 20s, is calling on politicians to use Parliamentary privilege to publicly identify the former minister who is currently on bail after being arrested earlier this month following allegations of rape and sexual assault in four separate incidents.
A friend of the woman told the Daily Mail last night that the former Commons researcher is only “going down this route” because of a lack of action by the Conservative party, which has refused to suspend the MP.
The friend told the publication that he should not “under any circumstances be allowed to meet constituents,” adding he has been arrested for a “serious offence” and it’s “a public safety issue.”
However, the accused MP’s allies claim identifying him would risk identifying the alleged victim, though she refutes this.
In the past, Parliamentary privilege has been used by MPs to name high-profile individuals accused of misconduct.
In a statement to the House of Lords in October 2018, Lord Hain said that it was “his duty under parliamentary privilege” to name Topshop boss Sir Philip Green as the businessman who got a privacy injunction to stop the press from printing allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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