Dr Dan Poulter cleared of using inappropriate behaviour by Tory party

Dr Dan Poulter has been cleared of using inappropriate behaviour by the Conservative Party. Picture:

Dr Dan Poulter has been cleared of using inappropriate behaviour by the Conservative Party. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE - Credit: Archant

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has been cleared of using inappropriate behaviour by a Conservative Party panel.

The allegations first surfaced in November in The Sunday Times. Dr Poulter strongly denied the claims from the start – and has been taking legal advice following the publication.

Dr Poulter was told at the end of the week that the panel would be clearing him of any allegation of using inappropriate behaviour – the full statement from the panel is expected to be published within the next few days.

After the allegations were first published Dr Poulter took time away from the Chamber of the House of Commons because he was unwell – but he has been back at work since early in the New Year and is relieved at the decision of the panel which has taken longer than expected to completed its report.

Dr Poulter said: “I am pleased although entirely unsurprised that, after five months, I have finally been exonerated of any misconduct or inappropriate behaviour. The allegations brought against me were false and scurrilous.

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“My lawyers are pursuing legal action against the Sunday Times for defamation in publishing them.

“I appreciate that the committee left no stone unturned in investigating these unsubstantiated complaints against me.

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“Because of the publicity of these allegations generated by the Sunday Times article, The past five months have been incredibly difficult for me and have at times taken a considerable toll on my health. Nevertheless, I have continued to represent the people of Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and I fully intend to continue doing so. I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and constituents for their unwavering support throughout this process.”

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “A thorough and impartial investigation of a complaint took place and a panel chaired by an independent QC found there was insufficient evidence to support the complaint.

“We will thoroughly investigate all allegations of Code of Conduct breaches and encourage complainants to come forward, on a strictly confidential basis.”

Dr Poulter was supported throughout the last few months by officers of his local Conservative Association who offered him their support and help when he was unable to work in the Chamber.

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