CPS authorises charges against MP for public order offence
Claire Walsh, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS London South, said: “The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Robert Alexander Stewart MP, 73, with a Racially Aggravated offence contrary to s5 of the Public Order Act and in the alternative, a non-aggravated section 5 offence under the same Act.
“These charges relate to an incident that took place on 14 December 2022. Mr Stewart will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 5 July 2023.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Stewart are active and he therefore has the right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, that is for a criminal court to decide. The CPS makes independent and objective assessments of the evidence in any case in accordance with our Code for Crown Prosecutors, to determine if charges should be brought against an accused person.
Notes to editors
- Robert Alexander Stewart MP (D.O.B. 07/07/1949) is MP for Beckenham.
- Claire Walsh is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London South.