Ex-Conservative MP jailed for 18 months for sexual assault

A former U.K. Conservative MP has been jailed for 18 months for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Imran Ahmad Khan resigned as a member of parliament last month after being convicted of molesting the teenager at a party in 2008. Khan had initially vowed to appeal the verdict.

The victim, now 29, said he was left feeling “scared, vulnerable, numb, shocked and surprised” after the attack.

Khan, who denied the sexual assault, was jailed for 18 months at Southwark Crown Court on Monday by Mr. Justice Baker.

The judge said he had shown no remorse, adding: “The only regret you feel is towards yourself for having found yourself in the predicament you face as a result of your actions some 14 years ago.”

The MP’s resignation triggered a by-election in his seat of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, which will take place on June 23.

Working practices at Westminster are under intense scrutiny after a series of sexual misconduct allegations against MPs, including the resignation of Tory MP Neil Parish after he admitted watching pornography in the House of Commons chamber.

A by-election in his Devon seat will also take place on June 23.