The comments made by Imran Ahmad Khan, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, on 15 July 2021. The MP for found guilty of the allegations in April 2022.
It is true that an accusation has been made against me.
May I make it clear from the outset that the allegation, which is from over 13 years ago, is denied in the strongest terms.
This matter is deeply distressing to me and I, of course, take it extremely seriously.
To be accused of doing something I did not do is shocking, destabilising and traumatic. I am innocent.
Those, like me, who are falsely accused of such actions are in the difficult position of having to endure damaging and painful speculation until the case is concluded.
I ask for privacy as I work to clear my name.