It is likely to reignite calls for the Conservative Party to detail its safeguarding processes, or remove the whip from the MP as a precautionary measure.
Last week Angela Rayner, chairwoman of the Labour Party, wrote to the Tories, saying: “Suspension would help protect others by making them aware of the allegations he faces and it would also show that the Conservative Party takes safeguarding concerns seriously.”
Other than providing some political benefit for the Labour Party – “Look, Tory Rapist!” – what does suspending the whip do? He’s still an MP, still attends Parliament, still gets paid, can still vote.
What’s the point?