Exclusive: ‘Gay-sex party’ Tory Iain Corby is removed from list of candidates

Corby is at the centre of allegations that he spent taxpayers’ money on hotel rooms at a Conservative Party conference that were used for a sex party

Whitehall Editor

The former head of a Tory research unit who is being investigated by Parliament’s expenses watchdog has been removed from the party’s approved list of candidates to become an MP at the next election, The Independent has learnt.

Iain Corby is at the centre of allegations that he spent taxpayers’ money on hotel rooms at a Conservative Party conference that were used for a sex party involving researchers and at least one MP. Embarrassing messages sent by Mr Corby on the gay-networking site Grindr have also been published; they suggest he deliberately chose attractive male members of  his staff to accompany him to the conference.

Mr Corby stood down at the end of last month as director of the Policy Research Unit (PRU). At the time, it was said that he wanted to “return to the commercial world”.

But The Independent understands that his name has been struck off the list of candidates, approved by Conservative Central Office, to stand to become MPs. Senior sources added that he had also been “banned” from reapplying. This would appear to undermine the Tories’ claims that Mr Corby’s departure from the PRU was of his own volition.

The Independent understands Downing Street and Tory whips were made aware of complaints against Mr Corby before his resignation and the publication of the Grindr conversations.

Aspiring Tory MPs have to pass a series of tests before they are eligible to put themselves forward. The final decision on which candidate to select is down to local party activists.

Read more: Inquiry into Tory conference ‘sex party paid on expenses’

Dr Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP for Totnes who first raised concerns over the former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans, who was subsequently cleared of all charges, said she was “shocked” by the “rank hostility” she has received since the verdict. “I do not question the verdict. But equally, other MPs should not use this case as a pretext to interfere with the independence of the CPS,” she told The  Daily Telegraph.

Mr Corby could not be reached for comment, and a spokesman for the Tory party declined to comment.

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