British lawmaker arrested for sexual assault

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A British lawmaker with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail, police said.

Andrew Bridgen, a married father-of-two who entered parliament in last year's election, was arrested in relation to an alleged assault in central London in the early hours of Thursday morning.

"A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault against a 29-year-old woman at an address in SW1 in the early hours of this morning," a police statement said without naming him, in line with policy.

"He has been bailed to return on a date in mid-July."

The Conservative party refused to comment, saying it was a matter for the police, but the chairman of Bridgen's constituency association in North West Leicestershire in central England offered the MP his support.

"I have known him a long time, he is a good guy, an all-round good guy, good for the constituency -- a very popular man," Graham Allman told reporters.

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