Tory MP David Warburton is suspended amid ‘sex and drugs allegations’

David Warburton suspended
Somerton and Frome MP David Warburton has Tory whip withdrawn pending conduct investigation

David Warburton a Tory backbench MP has had the whip withdrawn pending an investigation into allegations about his conduct.

The MP for Somerton and Frome David Warburton has been suspended from the party, the Whips’ Office confirmed on Saturday.

The claims about Mr Warburton, 56, who sits on the backbenches, are being examined by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS).

The Telegraph reported that the ICGS received a report claiming the MP had behaved inappropriately. He is reported to deny any wrongdoing.

Mr Warburton is cited as telling the newspaper: “I have enormous amounts of defence, but unfortunately the way that things work means that doesn’t come out first.

“I have heard nothing whatsoever from the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. I’m sorry, I can’t comment any further.”

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme – a service that looks into misconduct by people in Parliament – has received a report claiming the politician behaved inappropriately.

A spokesperson for the Whips’ Office said: “David Warburton MP has had the Conservative Party whip removed while the investigation is ongoing.”

The MP’s twitter account @DJWarburton appears to have been suspended.

Mr Warburton, 56, has represented Somerton and Frome since 2015 and has a majority on 19,213.

The MP is a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, and has been an MP for the Somerton constituency for seven years.

The former music teacher and businessman was first elected to Somerton and Frome in 2015.

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