A Conservative councillor in Harrow has appeared in court charged with engaging in sexual activity in a public lavatory.

Robert Benson did not enter a plea at Harrow Magistrates’ Court last week.

He has been suspended from the party but remains a councillor.

Council leader David Ashton told the Harrow Observer:

“Firstly, this is a matter for the courts. Secondly, as Conservative group leader, I have suspended Councillor Benson from the group.

“If somebody is charged with a criminal offence, they are suspended as part of our standard procedure.”

Mr Benson, 41, is accused of giving oral sex to another man in a public toilet in south Harrow on June 25th.

He was arrested and bailed until July 8th, when he was charged.

A 56-year-old man from Essex was issued with a caution.

Mr Benson’s case will be heard on 30th July at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.