Tory MP accused of sexually harassing intern

Tory MP for Delyn, Rob Roberts is facing serious allegations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment regarding behaviour towards two junior members of his parliamentary staff. 

BBC Wales is reporting that they have seen messages from the MP inviting a 21-year-old female intern to "fool around" with him.

Mr Roberts propositioned the now former intern, who was working in Parliament at the time, in a series of messages in April this year. Those messages included "[I saw your] picture on Twitter earlier. Lovely legs", "Don't ignore me when I'm making you feel better", and "[if you want to] fool around with no strings, you might come and visit me in London".

Later in the exchange the MP, who has recently split from his wife and come out as gay, told the female intern that he "might be gay but I enjoy… fun times".

Roberts has also admitted asking another junior parliamentary employee out on a date, which led to the employee moving position. In the messages, he said he told a male parliamentary staffer "that I liked him and asked him to dinner". "Really poor judgement on my part, hands up. He didn't react very well because it created a problem for him that I felt that way," he continued.

In a further message, Mr Roberts added: "The chief whip was involved, lots of drama."

Roberts did not provide comment about the messages when asked for a response, but did accept that his request to the second staff member "was inappropriate".

Responding to this, Rob Roberts MP said: 

My invitation was not accepted and the staff member did not feel comfortable about it.

I do now recognise that it was inappropriate to have extended the invitation to a member of staff in the first place.

However, I have found the last few months and the 'coming out' process to have been particularly challenging and the cause of a great deal of mental stress to me.

Creating a story from this interaction which has been dealt with amicably seems calculated to add to that stress, which is distressing.

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."