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U.K. Lawmaker Arrested on Rape Allegation
From the Wall Street Journal of Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:12:32 EST

LONDON— Mark Pritchard, a lawmaker from U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron ’s Conservative Party, was arrested this week following an allegation of rape, according to parliamentary documents published Thursday.

The parliamentary record of the previous day’s events said police had written to the speaker of the House of Commons about the arrest of Mr. Pritchard in London.

The police said a 48-year-old man had voluntarily attended a north London police station on Tuesday where he was arrested following an allegation of rape. The man was bailed to a date in early January pending further enquiries, it said. The police declined to name the individual as is usual practice.

Mr. Pritchard, who has been a member of parliament since 2005, couldn’t be immediately reached for comment by phone or email.

The arrest of a sitting member of the British parliament for a sexual offense is a relatively rare occurrence in recent years. In April another Conservative lawmaker, former deputy speaker Nigel Evans, was cleared of several sexual assault charges after being arrested in 2013.

Mr. Pritchard represents a constituency in the West Midlands of England and has served on several parliamentary committees but isn’t a senior member of the Conservative Party or the government.

The Conservative Party said Mr. Pritchard’s arrest was a police matter and declined to comment.

“It would be inappropriate to comment while an investigation is taking place,” a spokesman for the centre-right party said in a short statement.

Write to Nicholas Winning at nick.winning@wsj.com



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