Police have dropped an investigation into allegations of rape against a Conservative MP and former minister.
The MP, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of rape on 1 August and later released on bail.
He was accused of sexual offences and assault relating to four alleged incidents in London. But on Sunday the Metropolitan police said the allegations had not met “the evidential test”.
A spokeswoman said “no further action” would be taken, following a “thorough investigation”, adding: “The complainant has been made aware of the decision.”
In August, the MP had agreed not to attend the House of Commons while the allegations were being investigated. At the time, the Conservative party resisted calls to suspend the whip from the MP while the investigation continued. The chief whip, Mark Spencer, said it was a matter for the police to investigate.