MP Charlie Elphicke has been suspended by the Conservatives after "serious allegations" that have been referred to the police, the party has said.
Mr Elphicke, a former party whip who has been the MP for Dover since 2010, has denied any wrongdoing.
In a post on Twitter, the married 46-year-old wrote: "The party tipped off the press before telling me of my suspension.
"I am not aware of what the alleged claims are and deny any wrongdoing."
The party has not provided any further detail about the nature of the allegations, and did not reveal who had made a complaint about him.