Tory MP Ross Thomson denies claims he groped men in Parliament bar
Conservative MP Ross Thomson has referred himself to the party’s disciplinary panel, after allegations that he “sexually touched” three men in Parliament.
London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that officers were called to Strangers’ Bar in Parliament on Tuesday evening (February 5) following “a report of sexual touching.”
According to the BBC, MP for Aberdeen South Ross Thomson was escorted out of the bar over the incident, though no official complaint was made.
However, in a statement on Friday (February 8) the MP described the allegations as “completely false.”
Ross Thomson refers himself to disciplinary ‘in interests of openness and transparency’
He said: “A series of serious allegations have been made against me that have featured in the media.
“I would like to state that these allegations from anonymous sources are completely false.
“No complaint has been made to the police, Parliament or the Conservative Party.”
Thomson added: “In the interests of openness and transparency I am referring myself to the Conservative Party’s Disciplinary Panel of the Code of Conduct.
“This has been a deeply distressing time for me and my family but I intend to be back at work on Monday.”
In a previous statement, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at approximately 23:00 on February 5 to a bar within the Palace of Westminster following a report of sexual touching.
“Officers attended and spoke to the parties involved – three men in their twenties and thirties.
“However, no formal allegations were made to the officers and no arrests were made.”
Scottish Tory leader says alleged conduct is ‘completely unacceptable’
Jackson Carlaw, who is serving as the interim leader of the Scottish Conservatives during leader Ruth Davidson’s maternity leave, confirmed “inquiries” were underway within the party.
He told the Scottish Sun: “I know enough to say that the alleged behaviour is completely unacceptable.”
“Inquiries are ongoing but I can say, and I’m quite happy to say, his behaviour is completely unacceptable.”
Thomson was elected in 2017, unseating the SNP’s Callum McCaig.