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A Conservative MP's Parliamentary Aide Has Been Charged With Rape

Samuel Armstrong, 23, is due to appear at Westminster magistrates' court later this month.

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A Conservative parliamentary aide has been charged with two counts of rape.

Samuel Armstrong, 23, from Copt Hill, Danbury, is facing two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault by penetration, the Metropolitan police confirmed in a statement.

Armstrong, who worked as MP Craig MacKinlay's chief of staff for nine months, has been bailed and is due to appear at Westminster magistrates' court on 31 March.

He was first arrested in the early hours of 14 October 2016. MacKinlay's parliamentary offices were subsequently raided by six police officers.

Armstrong was suspended from the South Thanet MP's staff after the allegations came to light.

A spokesperson for MacKinlay's parliamentary office told BuzzFeed News they would not be commenting at this time.

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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