CCHQ Conclude Rob Roberts Investigation… Without Talking to the Victim

CCHQ has concluded its investigation into MP Rob Roberts’s inappropriate texts to a young female researcher, without talking to the girl involved. A story by Politico this evening reveals Rob Roberts has been telling constituents the investigation concluded three weeks ago – something CCHQ now confirms. However Guido can reveal the young woman at the centre of the scandal has not once been contacted by the party throughout their investigation of the incident, and wasn’t informed about the investigation’s conclusion. Guido imagines this investigation will raise more questions than it answers…

The girl who received Robers’ messages – including asking for “fun times” and whether she wants “to fool around with no strings” – tells Guido:

“keeping him within the party and giving such a minimal punishment is endorsing individuals in power to conduct sexual harassment/assault.”

“He should have had the whip removed, it’s not one incident but multiple and he’s a threat to our safety.”

“He’s gotten away with it, and that’s not acceptable”

Pushed over the question of whether she’s had any contact with the party since Guido broke the story, she tells Guido:

“No statement, nothing from my side apart from what you reported”

CCHQ says:

“The investigation into Rob Roberts has concluded.

“Rob Roberts conduct was found to be unacceptable under the Party’s Code of Conduct and he has been strongly rebuked.

“Mr Roberts has apologised for his behaviour and was instructed to undertake safeguarding and social media protection training.”

Guido knows Parliament’s Standards Commission is on the cusp of reporting on the more serious allegation against Roberts. CCHQ’s decision to give Roberts a mere slap on the wrists is short-sighted at best…

UPDATE: CCHQ say if the girl in question wants “to come forward to our official complaints process we would of course look into the matter” and they “take all allegations incredibly seriously”

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Rob Roberts’s Constituency Chairman Quits Role & Party Over Scandals

The chairman of Rob Roberts’s Delyn constituency Conservative Association unexpectedly resigned last month after continued stress and embarrassment over the MP’s numerous misdemeanours, Guido can reveal. Speaking to Guido for the first time since leaving his elected role, Rob’s former local party boss, Myles Power, reveals he has also quit his membership of the Conservative Party entirely due to his perceived lack of response and communication from CCHQ over the scandals. The party’s Rob Roberts headaches don’t show any sign of relenting soon…

Despite staying quiet while carrying out the chairman role, Power claims Tory HQ “just never really dealt with the matter in a speedy fashion” and that despite emailing the party asking to be kept up-to-date with their internal investigation of Roberts, all he received was a holding response and nothing more. Responding to this claim, a Conservative Party spokesman said: “CCHQ takes all complaints incredibly seriously ensuring that thorough investigations are carried out. The investigation process is rightly private and confidential to protect those involved.”

Speaking candidly to Guido, Myles explains that along with the embarrassment Rob brought on the party, he also became “arrogant and above reproach” after being elected; and following the BBC picking up on Guido’s coverage, Rob refused to broach an apology – merely jokingly texting his chairman “your inbox will be full”. Despite only being elected to the position alongside Roberts in September 2019, Power decided over the Summer that he’d had enough, his feelings compounded as texts flooded in from friends and local Tory officials in other constituencies regarding Rob Robert’s activities. Asked why he remained quiet at the time of the stories’ publications, Myles explained he had to remain neutral as the branch chairman, pithily pointing out: “I respected the position I was elected to and so should Rob”…

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Parliament Giving Red Card for Bad Behaviour

The parliamentary authorities are today introducing the latest flimsy attempt to deal with bad behaviour by estate passholders, with a new “it’s not OK” card aimed at giving a warning to those contravening the behaviour code. According to details seen by Guido, the “‘it’s not OK’ cards are part of a trial to help our colleagues when they are facing difficult scenarios at work”, with the aims of:

  • Giving the passholder “a moment to reflect on their behaviour”
  • De-escalate the situation
  • Remind the passholder of the House of Commons values, House of Lords values and the Behaviour Code

The cards are being introduced on a trial for the next few months. Rob Roberts jokes in the new intake Whatsapp group, “Who’s going to be the first to get a “naughty card”?”. Who indeed…

UPDATE: Less than 12 hours later, Guido understands the scheme has now been suspended pending further review…

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Rob Roberts on his Year of Abuse

Rob Roberts MP has been reflecting on the last year, “A year of radical professional change. A year of radical personal change”, claiming:

“I have been spoken about, laughed about, lied about, betrayed and abused… But I got through it, and I feel better than ever.”

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Guess the Anonymous Twitter Account: MP Edition

After Guido’s multiple exposés on Rob Roberts’ behaviour finally made their way into the mainstream media, the gaffe-prone MP for Delyn deleted his social media. Recently, a parody account of the MP got in touch with Guido after his suspicions were raised upon repeatedly seeing one anonymous username attacking him on Twitter – @Joe26806114. Guido’s had a look through ‘Joe”s Tweets and can’t help noticing almost all his Tweets are directed at the Rob Roberts parody account and the Delyn Labour Party branch; as well as repeated defences of Boris and attacking the Welsh Labour government.

What do readers reckon? Rob’s not known for his cunning and subtlety

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Rob Roberts’ Parliamentary Wikipedia Edits

A couple of hours after the BBC ran their Rob Roberts story yesterday, an anonymous change was made to Robert’s Wikipedia page from the Houses of Parliament IP address. You’ll never guess what recently-added section had been erased…

Guido can’t pin the edit on Rob, though he does have a history of editing his own Wikipedia page. From April to June, three changes by “RJR79” were made to the page of Robert Joseph Roberts (born 1979), before being publically warned that “editing an article about oneself is a common mistake”. Rob must have been very busy doing something, however: he forgot to turn up for his Women & Equalities question this morning…

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