For the past twelve weeks I have faced accusations which I have - as yet - been unable to address due to the strict confidentiality terms which are explicitly required during any such investigation process. Until two weeks ago, I had not even been officially informed what the accusations were or who had made them.
It has been immensely difficult not to speak out, but I have steadfastly adhered to the very strict rules of confidentiality and will continue to do so until the investigation concludes. Then, I will have much to say. I must say that I’m delighted that - finally - the investigation is underway.
While the investigation takes place, I have had the whip removed, which means that I am technically an ‘independent’ MP and was unable therefore to take part in the recent confidence vote on the Prime Minister earlier. I hugely look forward to resuming my place on the Conservative benches and, in the meantime, continue to work every day for the people of Somerton & Frome, both here in Somerset and in Westminster.