Ross Thomson referred to Westminster’s standards commissioner over “sexual touching” allegations
Sunday February 10th 2019 at 9:47 AM
Allegations of sexual harassment against the Conservative MP for Aberdeen South have been referred to Westminster’s standards commissioner.
The Sunday Times reports an SNP researcher, who was part of a seven person group in Strangers’ Bar on Tuesday night, has made the complaint against Ross Thomson.
A witness told the paper: “There was no mistaking that he was incredibly drunk. At one point he was holding on to one of our guests with his hand around his front, caressing him from behind.”
The standards commissioner can impose sanctions relative to the seriousness of the offence – including suspension, kick-starting the by-election process, or referral onto a committee, who can sack MPs.
Police were called to the Westminster pub on Tuesday to reports of “sexual touching” by three men – no arrests nor formal charges were made and the 31-year-old said on Friday the allegations are “completely false”.
Statement in response to recent media reports: pic.twitter.com/7THfbZ94c6
— 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝗺𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗣 (@RossThomson_MP) February 8, 2019
This is a jaw-dropping statement from Ross Thomson. It was the talk of Parliament yesterday because the bar was packed and there were multiple eye-witnesses. I spoke to several people who were horrified by what they saw. https://t.co/rwXcqcSdRk
— Catriona Matheson (@_cmatheson) February 8, 2019
Mr Thomson has referred himself to his party’s disciplinary panel.
The Scottish Conservatives declined to comment.