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    Freemason Brother Andrew Bridgen MP
    Freemason Brother Andrew Bridgen MP

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    Freemason Brother Andrew Bridgen, the Conservative MP for North West
    Leicestershire, who is known to have helped Brother Gerry McCann, has been
    released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting
    of a 29-year-old woman.

    The 46-year-old newly-elected MP was arrested at an address in central
    London in the early hours of Thursday 9 June 2011.

    It is understood the woman was an employee on the parliamentary estate, but
    not in Brother Bridgen's office.

    A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said: "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 Thursday 9 June. The man has been
    bailed to return on a date in mid-July."

    Brother Bridgen - who is regarded as being on the right of the Conservative
    party - won the North West Leicestershire seat with a 12% swing from Labour
    at the 2010 election. A key marginal, it had been held by Labour since
    1997. In 2010 there was also a sizeable Liberal Democrat vote.

    Freemason Brother Andrew Bridgen has been a low-profile MP since he won the
    seat in May. He is a member of the regulatory reform committee and holds no
    other official posts in parliament. His most high-profile intervention came
    on Tuesday when he defended the Conservatives' NHS reforms, saying: 'If we
    fail to go through with these reforms, we are caving in to Stalinist
    protectionist elements."

    On Tuesday Brother Bridgen joined Twitter, where news of his arrest
    emerged. On his parliamentary web site he lists business and enterprise,
    civil liberties, law and order and the armed forces as his interests.

    Brother Bridgen is a married father of two. He trained as a Royal Marines
    officer before returning to his family's successful agricultural business,
    which sells pre-washed vegetables. He is currently the non-executive
    chairman of his own company, AB Produce plc. He was previously the east
    Midlands chairman of the Institute of Directors, and served on the East
    Midlands Regional Assembly as a business representative.

    A spokesman for the Conservative party said: "This is a matter for the