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Police confirm Andrew Bridgen MP has no complaint to answer

By Jonathan Isaby
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Andrew Bridgen official A week ago, it was well publicised that police had arrested North West Leicestershire MP, Andrew Bridgen.

The BBC reported earlier this afternoon that no charges would be pressed against him following the allegations which were made against him, and Mr Bridgen has now issued a statement himself, which I reproduce in full below.

"I very much welcome today's announcement from the Metropolitan Police in relation to an allegation which was recently made against me. The complainant has today confirmed in an interview with the Metropolitan Police that no offence occurred. There is therefore no complaint to answer and the police will be taking no action against me.

"From the outset, I said that the allegation was without foundation, demonstrably and provably false, and I was wholly confident that the outcome of the police investigation would see me exonerated.

"Naturally, I remain hurt and angry that such a ludicrous, false and unsubstantiated allegation should have been given the attention it has. The allegation was unfair and hurtful not just to myself but to my wife and children, who bore the brunt of huge and unwarranted media intrusion. It was also worrying to my friends, and disruptive to the work of my constituency. I will now be taking further legal advice about possible action against those responsible for making and publicising these falsehoods.

"Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the great number of people who have sent me messages of support during these past few difficult and testing days. Particularly political colleagues from all political parties: your friendship and support have meant a great deal to me.

"The biggest debt of gratitude, however, is to my family for their love, unwavering support and steadfast belief in my innocence."

That clearly draws a line under the matter and, as such, I am switching off the comment facility on this post.


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