Ross Thomson: allegations of ‘sexual touching’ in Westminster bar “completely false”.
Friday February 8th 2019 at 11:54 AM
The Aberdeen South MP has dismissed reports he was removed from a London bar by police after reported inappropriate behaviour.
Ross Thomson says allegations he was removed from Strangers’ Bar in Westminster are “completely false”.
Although denying the reports, the prominent Brexiteer has referred himself to the Conservative Party disciplinary panel.
Police confirmed they were called to the pub on Tuesday night to reports of “sexually touching”, involving three men.
No arrests were made, and neither was any formal complaint.
On Friday morning, two days after the reports emerged, the Conservative for Aberdeen South broke his silence on Twitter.
The 31-year-old said: “A series of serious allegations have been made against me that have featured in the media.
“I would like to state that these allegations from anonymous sources are completely false.
“No complaint has been made to the police, parliament or the Conservative Party.
“Nevertheless in the interests of openness and transparency I am referring myself to the Conservative Party’s disciplinary panel of the code of conduct.
“This has been a deeply distressing time for me and my family but I intend to be back at work on Monday.”
Statement in response to recent media reports: pic.twitter.com/7THfbZ94c6
— 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗺𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗣 (@RossThomson_MP) February 8, 2019
On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said: “[We] were called to a bar within the Palace of Westminster following a report of sexual touching.
“Officers attended and spoke to the parties involved – three men in their 20s and 30s.
“However, no formal allegations were made to the officers and no arrests were made.”
A spokesman for the Conservative Party disputed police had removed the MP from the bar, and confirmed the matter was being looked into.