Victoria Police will not lay charges against exiled Labor MP

Exiled MP Will Fowles will not face charges after he resigned from the parliamentary Labor Party in August over assault allegations made against him by a government staffer.

The Ringwood MP, who was arrested in October and questioned, has always denied wrongdoing.

Lower house MP Will Fowles.

Lower house MP Will Fowles.Credit: AAP

A Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday that the sexual crimes squad had closed its investigation into the alleged incident, which was said to have taken place in Melbourne’s CBD.

“A 45-year-old Ringwood man was interviewed in October 2023 and subsequently released pending further inquiries,” the spokeswoman said.

“While a rigorous and methodical investigation has been conducted into the matter, in conjunction with senior legal advice, it has been determined that charges will not be laid at this time.

“All parties involved in this matter have today been advised of this decision, and we will continue to provide the appropriate support where required.”

Police said any further information provided to them would be thoroughly assessed, but that the matter was now considered closed and further comment would not be provided.

Labor MPs were also interviewed by police as part of the investigation.

Fowles, whose electorate of Ringwood is in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs, was forced to resign from the parliamentary Labor Party at then-premier Daniel Andrews’ request after Andrews’ office was informed of the allegations.

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