It might be linked. Mark Pritchard, MP for Telford, voluntarily attended a Police Station on December 2nd, was interviewed and arrested.
He was then released without charge.
Just two weeks ago he was being written about as the Conservative MP most likely to defect to UKIP before Christmas.
Are the rape allegations being made to head off yet another defection which would bury Cameron’s chances of rebuilding his pitch to voters after Osborne’s Autumn Statement?
The system is running hard to save Cameron.
Here’s Pritchard in the media just two weeks ago –
Wrekin MP Mark Pritchard was snapped with the Ukip leader after the launch of Lord Ashcroft’s Special Ops Heroes book, which has a forward written by former SAS soldier Andy McNab.
The backbench Conservative told IBTimes UK that he has known Farage for “years” and the pair agreed on “some things, but disagree on many others”.
“We had just finished talking with McNab and then decided to leave the function together,” Pritchard said.
“It’s just a friendly photo, not a sign of any political allegiance, unless Farage is thinking of re-joining the Conservative Party?”
The comments come ahead of the Rochester by-election on 20 November, where Conservative defector Mark Reckless is tipped to win.
A poll from Lord Ashcroft has put him 12-points ahead of the Conservative candidate, Kelly Tolhurst (44% vs 32).
Given the nature of modern politics, it wouldn’t be surprising if rape allegations were set up, as part of a strategy to stop any more UKIP defections before the next election.
Mark Pritchard attended the Police Station voluntarily on his own initiative. So why was he arrested?
He wasn’t charged with any offence. So why did the Police correspond with The Speaker saying he had been suspected of an offence (rape).
Why did The Speaker decide to publicise the correspondence with the Police, when the suspicion had not followed with any charges being brought?
It seemed an entirely unnecessary set of steps taken with the objective of making it unlikely Mark Pritchard would seek to be re-elected any time soon.
UPDATE II: Met letter to Speaker (via Sophy Ridge):
“I write to inform you that on 2nd December 2014, Mark Pritchard MP was arrested at 6.14pm at Holborn Police Station in London by MPS officers. Mr Pritchard was questioned by police and released on bail later the same evening at 10.16pm. The matter is subject to further investigation and is sub judice at the present time.”
“We can confirm that a 48-yr-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.”