PMQs watch live: Rishi Sunak takes on Keir Starmer
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It is not publicly known what the nature of the complaint is as the spokeswoman refused to comment. However, the police have now launched an investigation into the grievance against the Solihull MP.
The whip has been removed “with immediate effect” which sees Knight become the fifth MP to currently have the Conservative whip removed.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock had the whip removed after he entered the I’m a Celebrity jungle.
The West Suffolk MP was expelled from his party and had to sit as an independent candidate unless the whip was returned.
However, Mr Hancock announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down as MP amid local criticism.
Now Mr Knight, who is also the chair of the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will have to sit as an independent candidate.
The 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.”
The former Tory minister Conor Burns had the whip removed in October following allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” and “serious misconduct”.
Mr Burns was sacked from his position as trade minister by former Prime Minister Liz Truss after a witness reported allegedly seeing Burns touch the thigh of a young man in a hotel bar in Birmingham at the time of the Tory party conference to which Burns denied any wrongdoing.
However, the 50-year-old Dorset MP has now had the Tory whip restored after being cleared of misconduct at the party conference in October.
The Conservative Party released a statement on Saturday saying that after reviewing all of the evidence, there was “no basis on which to investigate further” and the matter was closed.
A party spokesperson said: “The party received a complaint and investigated, in line with its code of conduct.
“After undertaking appropriate inquiries and reviewing all of the evidence available to establish the facts, the party concluded that there was no basis on which to investigate further.
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“The matter is now closed and Mr Burns’s membership will be reinstated at the nearest possible opportunity.”
Rishi Sunak’s Government is being cautious to try and separate itself from the scandals which ended up plaguing the Boris Johnson era.
Upon becoming Prime Minister, Mr Sunak vowed to ensure that his party reflected the value of integrity as public distrust for Conservative Party figures grew in the fallout of Partygate.
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