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Bath MP Ben Howlett to face no action over sex assault claim

Ben Howlett Image copyright Conservative Party
Image caption Ben Howlett voluntarily attended a police station to speak to detectives in November

No action will be taken against a Bath MP over sexual assault allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

In November, the Sun alleged an attack took place in May at a Eurovision results party in Ben Howlett's constituency.

The Conservative MP strenuously denied the claim and voluntarily attended a police station to speak to detectives.

Mr Howlett's office said it "understood the matter is now closed".

A CPS spokesman said: "In November 2016, the CPS received a full file from Avon and Somerset Police relating to an allegation of sexual assault in Bath.

"This file has now been considered by a specialist lawyer who has concluded that it does not meet the evidential threshold, and no charge has been authorised."

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