Police have dropped an investigation into the rape and sexual assault of Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell after a lengthy investigation.
Scotland Yard said it had carried out a “thorough investigation” into Rosindell, the MP for Romford, but concluded that the evidence did not meet the threshold for a criminal prosecution.
A spokesman for Rosindell said he had been “absolutely exonerated”.
Rosindell has not voted or addressed the House of Commons since April 2022. He has been asked to stay away from parliament while a police investigation is carried out.
He was arrested in May 2022 on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of a position of trust and misconduct in public office.
The Metropolitan police arrested Rosindell more than two years after receiving a report in January 2020 relating to alleged offenses that allegedly took place in London between 2002 and 2009.
Rosindell always denied wrongdoing and was never charged.
Although he did not attend parliament for nearly two years, he continued to do parliamentary work, including foreign trips.
He is now standing for re-election as Conservative MP for Romford in east London after re-uniting as a candidate in his local association last year.
A Met spokesman said: “A full investigation was carried out by detectives. They concluded that the evidence did not meet the standard set by crown prosecutors. The man has been informed that he will face no further charges action.”
A spokesman for Rosindell said: “The Metropolitan police carried out a full investigation and concluded that there was no case to answer and no further action to be taken.
“Andrew is absolutely relieved. He has worked tirelessly for Romford for the past 21 months and will continue to speak for the people of his beloved home town as their local MP.