MP blasts ‘smear campaign and false innuendos’ - The Solihull Observer

MP blasts ‘smear campaign and false innuendos’

Solihull Editorial 7th May, 2023   0

SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight has hit out at what he calls ‘a smear campaign through leaks, false innuendo and briefings’ against him.

The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into Mr Knight after they received allegations of serious sexual assault last December.

Police dropped the investigation in March saying no arrests had been made.

But the Conservative whips office said it would not restore Mr Knight as a Tory MP following ‘further complaints’ and he now sits as an Independent MP in the House of Commons.

Last month Mr Knight announced he would not stand in the next election, saying ‘false and malicious’ accusations against him have harmed his ‘physical and mental wellbeing.’

Since then claims have been made about other alleged complaints made about Mr Knight.

In response to this the Solihull MP wrote on Twitter: “As I have repeatedly said, I am fully aware of the circumstances of the single complaint made against me to the Metropolitan Police and the motivations of those involved in making it.

“This baseless complaint was dismissed by the police without their even feeling the need to interview me, which they never did.

“I have not been made aware of any details of allegations supposedly made subsequently against me to any Parliamentary authorities.

“Nor am I the subject of any investigation by parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme.

“Should I become the subject of any such investigation, I will fully and publicly defend myself against any allegations made against me.

“Meanwhile it is deplorable that, despite the police decision, I remain the subject of a what appears to be a smear campaign through leaks, false innuendo and briefings.”

Mr Knight was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2015 and took the seat from Liberal Democrat stalwart Baroness Lorely Burt.

He was re-elected in the 2017 and 2019 general elections.


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