Tory vice-chairman arrested

A top Conservative official has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Manchester in the 1960s. Tory vice-chairman Alan Lewis was held by police after a woman claimed she was attacked by him when she was a girl.

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Top Tory arrested over rape claim

A top Conservative official has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Manchester in the 1960s.

Tory vice-chairman Alan Lewis, 75, who was appointed by David Cameron, was held by police after a woman claimed she was attacked by him when she was a girl.

The self-made tycoon, who owns the Crombie clothing chain, was reportedly arrested at a Manchester hotel while on a business trip.

The Prime Minister gave Mr Lewis his current role as Tory vice-chairman responsible for business relations in 2010.

"A 75-year-old man was arrested following a complaint received earlier this year of an historic rape that occurred in the Manchester area in the late 60s.

"The man was later bailed pending further inquiries. Specially-trained officers are providing support and welfare to the victim."

– Greater Manchester Police spokesman
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