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Cameron rejects MP's plea for shake-up of rape anonymity laws

By Nigel Morris

A Tory MP has demanded a review of the rape anonymity laws after police dropped an inquiry into allegations against him, but such a move was firmly ruled out last night by David Cameron.

After learning that detectives had ended the investigation because of "insufficient evidence", Mark Pritchard called for greater "fairness" in the treatment of people wrongly accused of rape.

The MP, who was arrested and released on bail five weeks ago, was told there would be no further action after he reported to police on Monday.

Speaking outside the House of Commons, he said his accuser, whom he described as a single woman in her mid-30s, had "concocted a vindictive and outrageous story" after he ended their relationship. He said: "Sadly, as an MP, sometimes you have a target on your back.

"Of course she remains anonymous. The law on anonymity does need to be reviewed and fairness does need to play a far greater role in these cases."

But the Prime Minister later said: "It's something we have looked at in the past, and there are some real issues with it.

"So I think it needs very careful thought before going down that road."

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said the Government did not share the MP's opinion and had not changed its mind on the issue.

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