Ross Thompson investigation squashed

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The Parliamentary investigation into Conservative MP Ross Thomson has been dropped.

The MP was under investigation after allegations of "sexual touching" in a House of Commons bar were made.

It is understood that the Parliament's standard commissioner has ruled out investigating the complaints due to a technicality.

The main complaint that started the investigation was made by an SNP researcher who witnessed indecent behaviour, not a victim of the alleged ‘touching’.

Mr Thomson has consistently denied the allegations even after banners calling for the MPs’ resignation were hung on a public footbridge near his office in Aberdeen.

An online petition has also been launched calling for his position of MP to be reconsidered.

With 825 signatures and counting, the petition needs 10,000 signatures for the government to respond.

The Tory MP previously stated he was willing to discuss what actually happened in detail once the investigation had ended, which it has.

Mr Thomson said, “I'm going to talk to people about exactly what did happen, what happened over the last few weeks and how it's been."

After the news of Mr Thompson’s alleged conduct was covered widely by the media, Thompson made the decision to refer himself to an internal disciplinary panel in the Conservative Party.

However, the panel has been put on hold after the complaint to the parliamentary standards commissioner were made.

Conservative Party officials have indicated that since the commissioner’s investigation has ended that the party investigation can resume.

Mr Thomson hanot been interviewed as part of an investigation as of yet.

If the panel decided that no further investigation is needed into these allegations, then it will be referred to a QC who will be expected to report back on the issue in about six weeks’ time.

Even after the scrutiny of his position from the news and public, Mr Thomson stated he remains committed to his work as an MP in Aberdeen.

Mr Thompson said, "I am committed to my constituents, which is why I'm in the office’ working on the issues that are really important to them".


 

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