A Conservative MP suspended following allegations that he sexually assaulted women and abused cocaine has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital with stress.
David Warburton, the MP for Somerset and Frome, had the Conservative whip suspended and is being investigated by Parliament’s independent complaints and grievances scheme after three women accused him of behaving inappropriately.
Two, who spoke anonymously to The Sunday Times, allege that Mr Warburton groped them. A third alleges that he “pushed her towards his bedroom” and asked her to order cocaine on his behalf.
On Sunday, Mr Warburton’s wife said he had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital “for severe shock and stress”, adding: “This has been sheer hell.”
Mr Warburton is accused by two women who previously worked in Parliament and a third who does not work in Westminster.
The two former parliamentary staff submitted complaints to the independent complaints and grievances scheme, set up in 2019 in response to the “Pestminster” scandal involving inappropriate sexual behaviour in British politics.
Mr Warburton is accused of snorting “line after line after line” of cocaine at the flat of the third woman before allegedly stripping naked, climbing into her bed and groping her. He allegedly texted her the next day: “Promise I won’t remove all my clothes again.”
The 56-year-old father of two is separately accused of receiving a £100,000 loan from a Russian businessman, which he did not disclose in the official register of MPs’ interests. It is understood the MP disputes the claims against him.
He told The Telegraph: “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 grievances scheme. I’m sorry, I can’t comment any further.”