Man removed from Tory Party conference after woman was 'violently assaulted'

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A man has been removed from the Tory Party conference after a woman said she was "violently assaulted".

Clementine Cowton, director of external affairs at Octopus Energy Group, said she had been “violently assaulted in the conference zone by a man” in the bar of The Midland hotel in Manchester, the Times reported.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “Officers arrived quickly, there were no reports of any injuries and no arrests were made. However, a man has been identified (and) had his accreditation removed for the remainder of the Conservative Party conference.

“Our investigation into what happened is ongoing."

A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the party has revoked the pass of the individual concerned and is working with the police.”

GMP added that "women’s safety is a top priority, and something we continue to take incredibly seriously".

Hours later, five people were arrested after senior Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly attacked with a traffic cone at the party conference.

Former Tory Party leader Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly hit on the head with a traffic cone. Credit: PA

The former leader of the Conservative Party was allegedly hit on the head with a traffic cone, however Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said "there aren’t believed to be any serious injuries".

The force said that "following a short foot pursuit" three men and two women were arrested in connection with the alleged assault - all five remain in custody while an investigation continues.