Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has revealed in a statement that he has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the MP for Reigate wrote: ‘It has been reported that an MP was arrested yesterday in connection with an allegation of rape. I am confirming that MP was me. The fact of the arrest requires a formal notification of the Speaker and then my Chief Whip.
‘I have now been interviewed twice in connection with this incident, the first time three weeks ago, when I initially reported my concern over extortion.
‘The second time was earlier this morning under caution following arrest. The arrest was unnecessary as I remain ready to co-operate fully with the investigation that I am confident will end without charge.
‘I do not intend to say anything further on this matter until the police have completed their inquiries.’
Following the announcement, Mr Blunt has had the Tory whip suspended and has been asked to stay away from Parliament, PA reports.
Surrey Police said the MP was detained on Wednesday morning in Horley.
The Tory party has declined to comment on the arrest.
It is the latest in a string of arrests of sitting MPs.
A police spokesman said: ‘We can confirm a man was arrested yesterday morning (October 25) on suspicion of rape and possession of controlled substances.
‘He has been released on conditional police bail pending further inquiries.’
The arrest is the latest in a series of sleaze scandals which have engulfed the Tory party in recent months.