POLITICS

Mark Pritchard Rape Claim Dropped by Police

06/01/2015 10:00 GMT | Updated 06/01/2015 17:59 GMT

Tory MP Mark Pritchard will face no further action over a rape allegation, Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

The Wrekin MP was initially arrested after voluntarily attending a London police station on December 2. He was released on bail to return today, where he was informed he would face no further action.

A police spokesman said: "A 48-year-old man voluntarily attended a north London police station on Tuesday, December 2 where he was arrested, following an allegation of rape in central London.

"He returned on bail on January 6 where he was informed he will face no further action as there was insufficient evidence."

Pritchard is expected to make a statement later today.

Pritchard, who entered the Commons in 2005 after a career in marketing, has been a prominent figure on the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party.

He served as secretary of the powerful Tory 1922 committee for two years until 2012, and is a member of Parliament's joint national security strategy committee.

Before his arrest, Pritchard was in the House taking part in a debate on the peace process in Colombia.

Last September, Pritchard disclosed that he had been targeted by a journalist as part of the sting that led to Tory minister Brooks Newmark resigning over explicit selfies.

He has apparently withdrawn a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) after agreeing a confidential settlement.