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Bridgen police probe dropped

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen will face no further investigation by the police after being arrested and bailed last week on suspicion of sexual assault. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police told PoliticsHome: “A 46-year-old man arrested on Thursday 9 June on suspicion of sexual assault against a 29-year-old woman at an address in SW1 was today released from bail with no further action."

Mr Bridgen gave a statement thanking his supporters and confirming he would be seeking legal advice:

"From the outset, I said that the allegation was without foundation, demonstrably and provably false, and I was wholly confident that the outcome of the police investigation would see me exonerated.

"Naturally, I remain hurt and angry that such a ludicrous, false and unsubstantiated allegation should have been given the attention it has.

"The allegation was unfair and hurtful not just to myself but to my wife and children, who bore the brunt of huge and unwarranted media intrusion. It was also worrying to my friends, and disruptive to the work of my constituency. I will now be taking further legal advice about possible action against those responsible for making and publicising these falsehoods."


Conservative MP arrested

Andrew Bridgen has "vigorously denied" any wrongdoing after being arrested yesterday over allegations of sexual assault. A statement read: "Andrew Bridgen MP vigorously denies any allegations of wrongdoing. He has willingly cooperated with the police and is not going to make any further comment while the police are investigating. Because of the high level of media interest, regrettably, this afternoon's surgery at Whitwick Community Coffee Shop has been postponed." The Conservative Party has refused to comment on his arrest, saying "it would be inappropriate to comment further until the facts are clear".


Civil servant could hold key to Bridgen case

A civil servant was also present at Tory MP Andrew Bridgen's flat the night he is accused of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old parliamentary researcher, The Sunday Times reports. Mr Bridgen denies the claims made against him by the woman.


Tory backbenchers warn Cameron

David Cameron has reassured Tory 1922 Committee backbenchers he is delivering on Conservative policies and they should be "proud" of their contribution to the Coalition, Tory sources have told PoliticsHome. Disgruntled Tory MPs had voiced anger at being "subsumed" by the Coalition.