A Tory Party chairman exposed an alleged cover-up of serial ‘rapes’ committed by an MP by reporting his Government colleagues to detectives, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Jake Berry sent a bombshell letter to police in which he revealed that a number of allegations about the MP had been made known to the party – but only limited action had been taken.
Mr Berry uncovered the scandal when he discovered the party had paid for one of the alleged victims to receive treatment at a private hospital.
Neither the alleged perpetrator nor the women said to be involved can be identified for legal reasons and the MP is referred to here as X.
Devastatingly, Mr Berry, who wrote the letter jointly with former Chief Whip Wendy Morton, another MP and a Downing Street official, claimed that the failure of the Tory Party to act had allowed the MP to continue offending after the alarm had been raised.
Jake Berry (pictured) sent a bombshell letter to police in which he revealed that a number of allegations about the MP had been made known to the party – but only limited action had been taken
He wrote in his letter to police that as the party’s inquiries continued, it was ‘ascertained there may be five victims of X who have been subject to a range of offences including multiple rapes’.
He wrote: ‘We are aware that this matter has been ongoing for over two years. We also believe there are up to five victims of X and that the failure of others to act has enabled X to continue to offend and to victimise women.’
Mr Berry, who wrote the letter shortly after he left the chairman’s job last year when Liz Truss’s Government collapsed, concluded: ‘This is not something we are prepared to see continue and collectively we have therefore raised the issue with both you and the Speaker’s Office in the House of Commons seeking an immediate police investigation.’
The letter, obtained exclusively by The Mail on Sunday, will throw a harsh spotlight on the way the Conservative Party handles allegations of serious sexual assault.
The episode is alluded to in an explosive book by former Cabinet Minister Nadine Dorries, which is being serialised in the MoS and the Daily Mail.
Other astonishing disclosures from today’s extracts include a number of sexual revelations, which Ms Dorries says are frequently used by political enemies as part of blackmail campaigns.
Among her findings are that:
- An MP had sex with a prostitute on a billiard table watched by four other cheering MPs;
- Another MP stored a laptop containing indecent images of children on behalf of a relative;
- The Tory Whips’ office is claimed to be in possession of a video of a Minister engaged in an adulterous sexual act;
- The security camera which caught former Health Secretary Matt Hancock kissing an aide had allegedly been tampered with by his political enemies in order to catch him in the act;
- Colleagues described Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff Dominic Cummings as a ‘narcissist’ and a ‘psychopath’ who offered to deliver Mr Johnson’s victory speech in place of him after the 2019 Election win. Mr Cummings told The Mail on Sunday – with presumed sarcasm – that the claims about him were ‘all true… you cannot negotiate, you can only surrender to the Movement’;
- Michael Gove reputedly ‘pleaded’ with David Cameron to be allowed to keep Mr Cummings as his adviser when he was Education Secretary, to which a source close to Mr Gove responded last night: ‘Nadine is a very talented bestselling fiction writer’;
- Sonia Khan, a former adviser to then Chancellor Sajid Javid, was forced to call Scotland Yard ‘a number of times’ after she was ‘stalked’ and ‘filmed’ after launching legal action against the Treasury over her sacking, sources claimed.
Writing in The Plot: The Political Assassination Of Boris Johnson, Ms Dorries recounts how a Conservative MP told her how a woman had reported to party chiefs that she had been raped by an MP ‘and no action was taken by the party’
Writing in The Plot: The Political Assassination Of Boris Johnson, Ms Dorries recounts how a Conservative MP told her how a woman had reported to party chiefs that she had been raped by an MP ‘and no action was taken by the party’.
She quotes her source as saying: ‘An MP gave a young female a date-rape drug; the next thing she knew was she woke in a country hotel the following morning.
‘He wanted her out of the room because, he told her, he had visitors coming for breakfast.’
The source added: ‘She was encouraged to go to the police, but she didn’t, I think because she was scared of him and scared of it coming out, embarrassed that she had found herself in that position. She came to us. No action was taken by the party against the MP.’
Shortly after coming to office last year, Mr Berry and then Chief Whip Wendy Morton became aware of a number of allegations against a Tory MP, and found a bill from a private hospital which had been caring for one of the MP’s alleged victims.
In his subsequent letter to police, Mr Berry said neither he nor Ms Morton were satisfied with the ‘scant information provided to us by those who were already aware of the extant allegations’.
He added: ‘Additionally, neither were we satisfied that enough effort had been made to ascertain the nature of the allegations against X nor were we sure that victims had been properly advised about relevant procedures to bring a complaint.’
Shortly after coming to office last year, Mr Berry (pictured) and then Chief Whip Wendy Morton became aware of a number of allegations against a Tory MP
Frustrated at the lack of information, Mr Berry and Ms Morton asked a Downing Street adviser and a senior MP to launch an internal investigation into the allegations. A report by the two investigators, seen by this newspaper, warned that the case had been handled so poorly that the party itself could find itself criminally liable.
It stated: ‘It is my view that if this did end up in court, not only would [one of the alleged victims] be poorly served and have a poor success rate but the party would be severely at risk of prosecution because of the peacemeal [sic] approach we have applied in this case and no doubt others.’
It also warned about the risk of journalists uncovering what had happened: ‘We as a party are still at risk of this being exposed to the press. If that does happen soon, then we will have to deal with whatever the outcome is of such action.’
The report revealed there had been two separate rape complaints against the same MP.
One related to a woman who alleged she was ‘date-raped’ at Conservative Party conference but had not wanted to complain to the police. It is claimed that when notified about the complaint, the MP then went on a ‘spree’ of discrediting his alleged victim.
Other astonishing disclosures from today’s extracts include a number of sexual revelations, which Ms Dorries says are frequently used by political enemies as part of blackmail campaigns
The second complaint related to a ‘vulnerable’ woman who also refused to go to the police because she was ‘frightened’ about her reputation being destroyed by her alleged attacker.
The report states that the woman’s mental health deteriorated ‘and as a result, the party lawyers organised the victim to have treatment and also the party to pay for the treatment.’
The report reveals the party organised for a ‘ring-system’ to be installed in the woman’s home, so that it could gather information should the Tory MP visit her.
It is claimed that ‘on several occasions’ the alleged victim reported that the MP ‘had called on her and raped her again’. The report states that around this time ‘huge amounts of bruising’ was noticed on the alleged victim.
The internal report, which was delivered to Mr Berry and Ms Morton, voiced ‘serious concerns about how this has been handled’.
It added: ‘It highlights the serious lack of process within the party to protect both the victim and the people being accused.
‘We still have a ‘innocent until proven guilty’ legal system in this country and the way this had been handled, protects neither the victim nor X who has been accused of very serious offences.’
After receiving this report, Mr Berry contacted a legal firm for ‘independent legal advice about how best to proceed’.
He said that after the fall of Liz Truss’s Government, he and others who had been probing the allegations lost their jobs but decided to alert police because ‘we are no longer able to ensure that the work… is proceeding.’
Mr Berry declined to comment on the matter last night.