Assault case MP won’t be charged

Craig Whitaker
Craig Whitaker

CALDER Valley MP Craig Whittaker will not be charged over allegations that he assaulted his son.

The Tory politician, who was elected in May 2010, will face no further action over the alleged assault on 24-year-old Lee.

The father-of-three was arrested on Boxing Day last year and for two months he has been living with the allegations.

A police spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider the evidence.

“The Crown Prosecution Service has made a decision and decided no further action will be taken.”

The alleged incident was said to have taken place at a petrol station on Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd.

Mr Whittaker, 49, of Fixby, has been on police bail pending further inquiries.

In a statement he said: “The recent allegations of assault made to the police have been fully investigated by the police and reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service. On reviewing the evidence, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that there is no case for further action.

“I would like to thank the police for their impartiality and thoroughness during the investigation and my wife Elaine and I would like to thank the very many constituents, friends and family who have given us their messages of support during this time.”

Mr Whittaker represented the Rastrick ward on Calderdale Council for four years.