Tory MP aide Sam Armstrong held over Parliament rape allegations

Tory MP aide arrested over parliament rape allegations

The Houses of Parliament (Getty)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

An allegation that an aide to a Tory MP raped a women in Parliament is being investigated by the police. 

The incident is alleged to have occurred in the early hours of Friday. 

Sam Armstrong, the 23-year-old chief of staff of South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, was arrested on suspicion of the charge last week and released on bail as the investigation continues. Police have searched Mackinlay's office in Westminster in connection with the allegation.

A spokesman for the MP said: "On Friday morning, Mr. Mackinlay was made aware of an allegation against a member of his staff.

"Following a request made by the police and parliamentary services he granted full access to his Westminster office.

"Mr. Mackinlay is currently awaiting further information from the police."