Crispin Blunt apologises for defending sex offender MP Imran Ahmad Khan

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Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has apologised for a statement defending fellow MP Imran Ahmad Khan, who was convicted of sexual assault.

Wakefield MP Khan was found guilty on Monday of assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008.

Mr Blunt had called the verdict a “dreadful miscarriage of justice” in a statement on his website.

But he has deleted the message after Tory bosses said it was “wholly unacceptable” and has also apologised.

The Reigate MP said: “I am sorry that my defence of him has been a cause of significant upset and concern not least to victims of sexual offences.”

He has also resigned as chair of a cross-party committee of MPs that campaigns for LGBT+ rights around the world, after several members of it quit in protest at his statement.

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