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13:20  07 may  2019
13:20  07 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

What the papers say – May 8

What the papers say – May 8 A variety of stories are on the front pages.

European election candidate Carl Benjamin has added to original comments on YouTube.

Police are looking into remarks by UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin after Labour MP Jess Phillips accused him of malicious communications. A spokesman said: "Officers have spoken to Ms Phillips and the comments are being investigated to establish if an offence has taken place."

UKIP candidate investigated over rape comment © Getty Carl Benjamin is standing to become a UKIP MEP A police investigation has been launched into whether a UKIP election candidate broke the law by suggesting he "might" rape a Labour MP.

Carl Benjamin, who had previously said he "wouldn't even rape" Jess Phillips, posted an online video suggesting that "with enough pressure I might cave".

After announcing a list of spoof UKIP policies, including invading Spain and restoring the British Empire, Benjamin said in a video posted on his YouTube channel: "There's been an awful lot of talk about whether I would or wouldn't rape Jess Phillips.

UKIP candidate investigated over rape comment © PA Ms Phillips said she 'cried in the street' in response to the comments

"I've been in a lot of trouble for my hardline stance of not even raping her. I suppose with enough pressure I might cave. But let's be honest, nobody's got that much beer."

Garda did not investigate rape complaint despite being reminded 15 times

Garda did not investigate rape complaint despite being reminded 15 times Garda did not investigate rape complaint despite being reminded 15 times

as a UKIP candidate in the European elections, is being investigated by police after publishing a video suggesting he could rape Labour MP Jess The comment , since deleted, has been repeatedly invoked and condemned since Benjamin announced his candidacy at a much-ridiculed press

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A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police have received a report of malicious communications relating to MP Jess Phillips.

"Officers have spoken to Ms Phillips and the comments are being investigated to establish if an offence has taken place."

Watch: UKIP leader storms out of interview when questioned over candidate's rape tweet (Independent)

Ms Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, told the BBC that she "cried in the street" in response to the comments.

She said: "I realised that I did what all women do in these situations, I had been putting a brave face on it and pretending that it was all fine and that I can cope.

"It dawned on me that, for four years essentially, this man had made a career out of harassing me. And I felt harassed.

"I felt 'how can somebody say that they would rape me if forced and be a legitimate candidate in an election?'"

She said it was "one thing when he was just some idiot off the internet" but now "it's a different thing when he is standing on the same platforms I am standing on, that he will potentially go to a parliament himself as an elected representative".

"I cannot believe our system is so weak at the moment that's allowed to happen."

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Cricketer Alex Hepburn Jailed For Raping Woman In Team-Mate's Room.
A cricketer who raped a woman he found “dozing” in his team-mate’s bed has been jailed for five years. Alex Hepburn, 23, was found guilty of oral rape at a retrial earlier this month, but was cleared of a further count of rape relating to the same victim. The offence occurred during the first night of a sexual conquest “game” Hepburn helped to set up on a Whatsapp group. The Australian-born former Worcestershire CCC all-rounder is alleged to have been “fired up” by the contest to sleep with the most women, before carrying out the rape in April 2017.

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