MP sex claims 'provably false'
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has dismissed allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman as "demonstrably and provably false".
The backbencher, who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of the offence, said he was angry that a "mischievous" complaint had been made against him.
In a statement, he said: "The allegations made against me are wholly false and without foundation. Fortunately, they are also demonstrably and provably false.
"I have been happy to co-operate fully with the police and I am completely confident that, after proper investigation, I will be fully exonerated. This has caused real hurt and distress to my friends and family, and must be a concern to my constituents.
"I am naturally angry that I have been targeted in this mischievous and damaging way, and I will be taking advice about this. But I would like to thank my constituents and colleagues for the many messages of support that I have received."
The North West Leicestershire MP, a married father of two, entered Parliament after last year's general election, and is regarded as being on the right of the party.
Scotland Yard said in a statement that a 46-year-old man had been arrested "on suspicion of sexual assault against a 29-year-old woman at an address in SW1" and added: "He has been bailed to return on a date in mid-July."
Unconfirmed reports suggested that the complaint was made by a female researcher for another Tory MP shortly after she left Mr Bridgen's London flat at about 1am on Thursday.
Mr Bridgen issued a further comment later in response to a video obtained by Sky News, which appeared to show the woman phoning the police shortly after the alleged incident.
"The alleged content of this video offers nothing new, and merely repeats an assertion of which I am already aware," the MP said. "This assertion, which is demonstrably and provably untrue, is not supported by the facts, to which a witness exists, namely that I was at no time alone with this woman and that no such assault took place."