A Conservative MP who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy has resigned from parliament.
Imran Ahmad Khan, who was elected MP for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in 2019, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court three weeks ago.
The jury heard how he forced the teen to drink gin and tonic, dragged him upstairs, pushed him onto a bed and asked him to look at pornography before the attack at a Staffordshire home in January 2008.
Her resignation means there will be a by-election for her seat, which she won over Labor’s Mary Creagh with a majority of 3,358.
Under arcane parliamentary rules, MPs cannot directly relinquish their seat during a parliament, and thus have to apply for a paid position from the Crown.
As a result, the Treasury announced today that Khan has been appointed Steward and Constable of the Chiltern Three Hundred.
Khan’s victim said he was not “taken very seriously” when he first made his allegations at the Conservative Party press office days before the 2019 general election.
He filed a complaint with the police days after Khan helped Prime Minister Boris Johnson win a large majority in the House of Commons by seizing Wakefield on the so-called “red wall” that had formed the heart of the Labor Party in the Midlands and the north of england.
The victim, now 29, told jurors he felt “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and shocked” after Khan touched his feet and legs, getting close to “a hair” of his private parts, while I was going to sleep in a top bunk.
He ran to his parents at which point a police report was made, but no further action was taken because the young man did not want to file a formal complaint.
But he told jurors “everything came tumbling back” when he learned that Khan was running for parliament.
The Conservative challenger was literally parachuted into the constituency in a skydiving stunt after he was selected to replace Antony Calvert weeks before the election.
Khan claimed he only touched the teen’s elbow when he “got really upset” after a conversation about his confused sexuality.
Khan, then 34, said he was trying to be “nice” and “helpful” but the teenager became upset and “ran away” when the subject of porn was brought up.
But he was found guilty by a jury after about five hours of deliberations.
The date of the by-election won’t be announced until next week at the earliest, but Labor will have high hopes of regaining a seat they had previously held since 1931.
A separate by-election will also be held in Tiverton and Honiton after incumbent Tory MP Neil Parish announced he too would resign after admitting he had viewed pornography twice in the House of Commons.