The owner of luxury line Crombie has been arrested over a rape claim dating back to the 1960s.
According to reports this weekend Alan Lewis, who is vice chairman of the Conservative party, responsible for business relations, is believed to have been arrested at a Manchester hotel while on a business trip.
Reports claim the woman was a teenager at the time of the attack.
He has since been released on bail, pending further inquiries.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “A 75-year-old man was arrested following a complaint received earlier this year of an historic rape that occurred in the Manchester area in the late 60s.”
Crombie was originally set up in 1805 and was famously associated with Grandholm Mill on the banks of the River Don in Aberdeen. Lewis took it private in 1983.
Earlier this year the business revealed it was expanding its range and reach with the launch of a 150-piece spring 14 collection.
The company did not respond to requests for comment.