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Calls grow for Rob Roberts to resign after 'inappropriate' messages to parliamentary intern

Calls have grown for Delyn MP, Rob Roberts, to resign or face disciplinary action from the Conservative Party after it emerged that he had been sending inappropriate messages to a 21-year-old female intern.

Messages that have since been circulating on social media show him inviting a young intern to "fool around" with him.

Roberts had earlier admitted to asking out another young female employee, leading to her moving position within Parliament; he stated that he recognised his actions in this instance were "inappropriate".

MPs across the house have called for the Conservative Party to remove the whip from Roberts, citing the party's decision to remove the whip from Julian Lewis last week, for beating Chris Grayling in becoming chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

A Conservative Party spokesperson said:

"Our party takes all allegations extremely seriously and has safeguarding and complaints processes in place to investigate complaints made to it under the party's code of conduct."

However, there are concerns that the party are not taking the allegations seriously, with this not the first time serious allegations have emerged against him.

In the messages that were shared on Twitter, Roberts said to the intern: "[I saw your] picture on Twitter earlier. Lovely legs".

"Don't ignore me when I'm making you feel better," he later said.

Rob Roberts came out as gay earlier this year but told the young woman that he "might be gay but I enjoy… fun times".

Speaking to the BBC, the former intern said:

"I had had one of the worst days ever, and then I messaged him saying I'm crying, I'm not okay - and his solution to that was to proposition me," she said.

"I felt really vulnerable and I felt like I was being used to make him feel better about everything."

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