Tory MP David Warburton admitted to psychiatric hospital after having whip removed over conduct

Official portrait of David Warburton
Official portrait of David Warburton

Mr Warburton is currently being examined by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme

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An MP who had his Tory whip removed pending investigation has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital to be treated for shock and stress.

David Warburton is receiving medical support for issues he has been facing, the PA news agency understands.

Mr Warburton is currently being examined by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) amid allegations over his conduct.

The Conservative whips office confirmed that Mr Warburton had been suspended as the investigation continued.

The Sunday Times reported that two women had made formal complaints to the ICGS about Mr Warburton’s behaviour, while a third woman had also made allegations about his conduct.

The allegations reported by the newspaper relate to sexual misconduct and a claim he had taken cocaine. Mr Warburton is said to deny any wrongdoing.

The MP is cited as telling The Telegraph after having his whip removed: “I have enormous amounts of defence, but unfortunately the way that things work means that doesn’t come out first.

“I have heard nothing whatsoever from the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme. I’m sorry, I can’t comment any further.”

Mr Warburton was first elected in 2015 with a majority of 20,268, or 53 percent of the vote.

According to the MP’s website, at 18.3 percent, this represented the largest constituency swing to the Conservative Party.

He was re-elected in 2017 and 2019, with majorities of 22,906 and 19,213, respectively.