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A group of women's charities and unions are calling on Parliament to step in and suspend a Conservative MP after he was arrested over rape allegations. The unnamed man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday and later released on bail. The former minister has not been suspended by the Tories, with the party saying it was right for the police to investigate the claims. In a joint statement, the groups said it showed "party politics was still interfering in justice and fairness". A Tory Party spokeswoman said: "We take any complaint incredibly seriously. ". 'MINIMISING VIOLENCE'. The statement calling for action was issued by the TUC, Centenary Action Group, the Fawcett Society, Women's Aid and u... Full story

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