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Tory MP Mark Pritchard Arrested Over Allegations Of Rape

The MP was questioned by police after voluntarily handing himself in at Holborn station.

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A Conservative MP was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of rape and has since been released on bail.

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin in Shropshire, voluntarily handed himself into a central London police station on Tuesday evening, according to a letter by the Metropolitan police.

The police force sent the letter to the Speaker's Office informing it that the 48-year-old MP was arrested at Holborn station.

The news emerged after the office made the news public in a parliamentary document on Wednesday.

The full statement from the Met is below:

We can confirm that a 48-year-old man voluntarily attended a north London police station on Tuesday 2 December where he was arrested following an allegation of rape in central London.

He has been bailed to a date in early January 2015 pending further enquiries.

A Conservative spokesman said: "This is a police matter. It would be inappropriate to comment while an investigation is taking place."

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

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