The Conservative Party has removed the whip from Senior MP Julian Knight after a complaint to the Met Police, according to a party spokesperson. No further details on the suspension have been released so far.
Knight has represented Solihull in the House of Commons since 2015, and chairs the culture committee. His whip suspension now means he will represent the constituency as an independent until further notice.
A spokeswoman representing Chief Whip Simon Hart said: "Following a complaint made to the Metropolitan Police this evening, we have removed the whip from Julian Knight MP with immediate effect."
The suspension of Julian Knight now means there are five suspended Conservative MP’s in the House of Commons. Among them are Matt Hancock, who had his whip removed after appearing on ITV’s reality TV show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Knight, who is a chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, has previously been commenting on drafts on the online safety bill. The bill is in place to protect people from illegal and harmful content on the internet.
The chief whip’s job is to ensure discipline within the party, and have the power to remove the whip from MP’s and suspend them from representing the Convervative party on a parliamentary level. Suspended MP’s can have their whip reinstated, but it is currently unknown what will happen to Mr Knight.