A Tory MP was suspended from the parliamentary party on Saturday after a series of allegations relating to sexual harassment and cocaine use.
The party withdrew the whip of David Warburton, the Tory MP for Somerton and Frome, who is believed to face allegations of three women, while a picture emerged of the MP who is believed to be sitting next to lines of cocaine. Warburton’s photo, published by the Sunday time, would date from February. It is claimed he was taken from the home of a young woman he met through politics.
The accusations of two other women have been forwarded to the new parliamentary harassment watchdog, the Independent Complaints and Grievances System (ICGS). A spokesperson on behalf of the Whips Office said: ‘David Warburton’s MP has had the Conservative party whip removed while the inquiry is ongoing.’
Warburton, 56, is married with two children and a former businessman. It is alleged by the Sunday time that he requested the purchase of the drug, before saying that the price was “pretty good actually”. The woman involved claimed she had been drunk, but began to feel uncomfortable being alone with the deputy as she became less drunk. She said she retired to her room, but he got into bed with her, naked.
She said she didn’t ask him to leave or push him away because she was afraid of his reaction. She said she repeatedly said she did not want to have sex with him, but alleged that he pressed his body against her and fondled her breasts. The woman reportedly did not file a complaint with the police or any other authority, saying she wanted to forget about the incident.
The MP has previously condemned the exploitation of young people involved in the drug trade, including the ‘intimidation, violence and criminal incitement’ involved.
The ICGS was set up to address misconduct by MPs, peers and staff after misconduct complaints. He has now received allegations that Warburton behaved inappropriately. Warburton’s Twitter account appears to have been deleted on Saturday.
the Observer approached Warburton for comment on Saturday. When contacted by the Sunday Telegraph, he said: “I have a huge amount of defense but unfortunately the way things work means it doesn’t come out first. I haven’t heard of the independent complaints and grievance system. I’m sorry, I can’t comment further.