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The Aberdeen South MP, said the accusations about his behaviour in the Strangers Bar on Tuesday evening before police escorted him out had been “deeply distressing”. No complaint has been made to the police, Parliament or the party, he stressed. But the 31-year-old gay MP said he would refer himself to the Tories’ disciplinary panel “in the interests of openness and transparency”. Mr Thomson broke his silence two days after witnesses claimed he had been “groping young men” who were guests at Westminster.

It was said colleagues tried to get Mr Thomson to leave but he did not.

He was reportedly seen drunkenly approaching at least one young man before police were called at around 11pm. 

Scotland Yard confirmed they attended after reports of an incident of “sexual touching” involving three men in their 20s and 30s. 

No arrests were made or official complaint filed.

It is understood Tory spin doctors wanted Mr Thomson to issue a more apologetic public statement. 

But he decided to mount his own personal defence. 

Plans for him to release an account of his actions were abandoned late on Thursday following hours of fraught talks.

It came after Scottish Tory Party interim leader Jackson Carlaw described the alleged behaviour as “completely unacceptable”.

In a Twitter statement, Mr Thomson said: “A series of serious allegations have been made against me that have featured in the media. I would like to state that these allegations from anonymous sources are completely false. 

“No complaint has been made to the police, parliament or Conservative Party.

“Nevertheless, in the interests of openness and transparency, I am referring myself to the Conservative Party’s Disciplinary Panel of the Code of Conduct. 

“This has been a deeply distressing time for me and my family but I intend to be back at work on Monday.”

Mr Thomson, a former MSP and councillor, was one of 13 Tories elected in Scotland in the 2017 snap election.

Friends have said the prominent Brexiteer is “not enjoying” the job and struggled with the pressures of Westminster.

On Thursday, Mr Carlaw, standing in for Ruth Davidson while she is on maternity leave, said his alleged behaviour “falls well below the standard I think any of us would expect of any elected representative”.

The investigation will be handled by Tory Central Office. 

A Scottish Tory Party spokesman said: “The party’s investigation process will now take this matter forward.”

Mr Thomson did not attend a constituency surgery yesterday, with office staff instead dealing with voters’ issues.

A Conservative spokesman said: “The code of conduct process is confidential and we do not comment on ongoing cases.”

Source : EXPRESS

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