Breaking: Julian Knight senior Tory MP suspended after complaint to police

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The Conservatives have removed the whip from Julian Knight after a complaint was made to the Metropolitan police.

Julian Knight has been suspended as a Conservative MP after a complaint was made to the Metropolitan Police, a party spokeswoman has said.

Chief Whip Simon Hart removed the Tory whip, meaning Mr Knight no longer sits in the Commons as a Conservative, after the complaint was made on Wednesday.

She declined to comment on the nature of the complaint as it is now under investigation.

Mr Knight, who has been an MP since 2015, chairs the culture committee in the House of Commons.

He represents the Solihull constituency in the West Midlands, but will now sit as an independent.

He is also chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee.

A spokeswoman for Chief Whip Simon Hart said: “Following a complaint made to the Metropolitan Police this evening, we have removed the whip from Julian Knight MP with immediate effect.”

Mr Knight becomes the fifth MP to currently have the Conservative whip removed.

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