The erstwhile curate Conor Burns has had the Tory whip restored aft being cleared of misconduct astatine the enactment league successful October.
In a statement, the enactment said that aft reviewing each the disposable evidence, it had concluded determination was “no ground connected which to analyse further” and that the substance was closed.
Burns was sacked arsenic commercialized curate by Liz Truss and had the whip withdrawn pursuing a ailment astir his behaviour astatine the yearly Conservative enactment league successful Birmingham.
It was reported that a witnesser had claimed to person seen him touching the thigh of a young antheral successful a edifice bar.
The MP for Bournemouth West expressed alleviation astatine the finding. He said helium had been assured helium would beryllium cleared but that the past 2 months had been a “living nightmare”, peculiarly for his aged parents.
Speaking to his section paper, the Daily Echo, helium said: “I knew that I would travel retired the different broadside of this and my sanction would beryllium wide due to the fact that determination was thing to what had happened. I knew I was guiltless and the information volition retired and it has.”
Burns said helium believed helium had been the unfortunate of a “stitch-up” due to the fact that of complimentary remarks helium made astir the planetary commercialized secretary, Kemi Badenoch, who was 1 of Truss’s rivals for the Tory enactment implicit the summer.
“I deliberation this each had go much to bash with bully things I had said astir the commercialized caput than astir being up precocious astatine the conference,” helium said. “It felt and smelt similar a stitch-up and that is what it was.”
A Conservative enactment spokesperson said: “The enactment received a ailment and investigated successful enactment with its codification of conduct.
“After undertaking due inquiries and reviewing each of the grounds disposable to found the facts, the enactment concluded that determination was nary ground connected which to analyse further.
“The substance is present closed and Mr Burns’s rank volition beryllium reinstated astatine the nearest imaginable opportunity.”