Sunday, 3 July 2022 – 23:07

Rob Roberts faces calls to resign as MPs suspend him for 6 weeks

Rob Roberts MP has faced calls to resign after an investigation found that he had sexually harassed a member of parliamentary staff.

Roberts, who is the MP for Delyn in north Wales, was found to have made repeated and unwanted sexual advances towards a member of former staff.

Following an investigation by an independent panel, the Conservative MP has been stripped of the Tory whip and MPs have backed the recommendation of the panel for him to be suspended from the House of Commons for six weeks.

Roberts is now facing pressure to resign as a Member of Parliament, with Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg and First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford among those to call for him to stand down. Speaking following the investigation, Mr Rees-Mogg said “following a case of this severity, in which it would be honourable for a member to stand down after the withdrawal of the whip”.

Due to Parliamentary rules, there will not automatically be a recall petition which could force a by-election in the constituency – though it has been indicated that MPs could look to change these rules in the future.

Roberts was first elected as an MP in December 2019 with a majority of just 865 seats, gaining the seat from Labour.

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