Tories have suspended a Conservative MP accused of sexually assaulting a teenage lad.
It has been disclosed that a Conservative MP has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old child in 2008.
Imran Ahmad Khan, a 47-year-old politician from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, denied the claim that he molested the girl in Staffordshire “in the strongest terms.”
By winning the constituency in the so-called “red wall” that established Labour’s heartlands in the Midlands and the North of England, Ahmad Khan assisted Boris Johnson in winning a big Commons majority.
After reporting limitations blocking his identification were eased on Friday, the Conservatives stated Ahmad Khan’s whip had been suspended, meaning he will sit as an independent in the Commons.
In 2008, the MP was charged with a single crime of sexual assault on a then-teenager who cannot be recognized because he is a sexual offender.
Ahmad Khan, a Wakefield councillor who was elected for the first time in the 2019 general election, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday via video link from his solicitors’ office.
When asked to enter a plea to the charge, he said, “Not guilty.”
“May I make it plain from the start that the claim, which dates back over 13 years, is categorically denied,” Ahmad Khan said in a second statement.
“This is a really unpleasant situation for me, and I take it very seriously.
“It’s startling, destabilizing, and distressing to be accused of something I didn’t do. I am completely blameless.
“Those wrongfully accused of such actions, like me, face the onerous task of having to endure destructive and agonizing speculation until the issue is resolved.
“As I seek to clear my name, I request privacy.”
Before his July 15 appearance at the Old Bailey, Ahmad Khan was granted unconditional bail.
In the 2015 general election, he defeated Mary Creagh in the Wakefield constituency, defeating the senior Labour MP’s 2,000-vote majority in the seat she had held since 2005.
The Prime Minister’s popularity is unlikely to suffer as a result of Ahmad Khan’s departure from the parliamentary party. (This is a brief piece.)