Scotland politics

MP Ross Thomson 'reported to standards commissioner'

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Image caption It is understood that Ross Thomson was escorted from the Strangers' Bar following an alleged incident

A Scottish Conservative MP has been reported to Westminster's standards commissioner over reports of "sexual touching", it is understood.

Ross Thomson was said to have been spoken to by police last Tuesday night following a complaint about his behaviour.

In a statement published on Twitter on Friday, the Aberdeen South MP described the allegations as "completely false".

He said he had referred himself to the Conservatives' disciplinary panel.

The 31-year-old added that no complaint had been made to his party, the police or parliament.

'No arrests made'

Separately, the office of the Commons Standards Commissioner has refused to comment on reports that the matter has also been referred to them.

A spokeswomen said they did not give a commentary on whether matters were under investigation.

The BBC has been told Mr Thomson was escorted from the Strangers' Bar following the alleged incident last Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday that its officers had been called "to a bar within the Palace of Westminster following a report of sexual touching".

The statement added: "Officers attended and spoke to the parties involved - three men in their 20s and 30s. However, no formal allegations were made to the officers and no arrests were made."

Mr Thomson's alleged behaviour was described as being "completely unacceptable" by Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw on Thursday.

Mr Carlaw added: "Inquiries are ongoing. However, I know enough to say that the alleged behaviour is completely unacceptable and falls well below the standard I think any of us would expect of any elected representative.

"We may have more to say at a later time."

Following Mr Thomson's statement, a Scottish Conservative party spokesman said: "The party's investigation process will now take this matter forward."

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