Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb has been cleared of breaking conduct rules.

The former Welsh secretary was alleged to have sent explicit messages to a 19 year-old who applied for a job in his office in 2013.

He has now been cleared of breaching party rules following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct, as the Conservative party found his behaviour fell short of standards expected but ‘did not constitute harassment’.

Mr Crabb had been referred to a disciplinary panel, under a new Tory code of conduct which was set up following a number of allegations about MPs.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "Following an investigation, a panel headed by an independent QC has concluded that Mr Crabb's behaviour did not constitute harassment.

"However, it found that his behaviour in this matter was inappropriate and fell short of the standards the party expects.

"The party chairman has reminded Mr Crabb of the need to adhere to the spirit and letter of the code of conduct at all times. He accepted this unreservedly and has made a full apology."

The married MP was Welsh secretary between 2014 and 2016.