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Tory MP says he was ‘like a father’ to aide accused of rape

Samuel Armstrong, on trial for rape (Picture: PA)

A Tory MP whose chief of staff is accused of raping a woman in his office has said they were ‘like father and son’.

Samuel Armstrong, 24, is said to have attacked a young woman when she fell asleep after a night drinking in the Houses of Parliament.

The woman, in her 20s, said she felt ‘like a hostage’ as South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay’s employee raped her twice, telling her: ‘This is what you want.’

She was captured on CCTV running through the corridors of Parliament in tears in the early hours of October 14 last year.

Armstrong, from Danbury in Essex, denies two counts… Read the full story