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Charlie Elphicke: Tory MP charged with sexual assault



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Charlie Elphicke will appear before the Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 6

A Conservative MP has been charged with three assaults on two women.

Charlie Elphicke, Dover MP, allegedly attacked a woman in 2007 and a second woman in 201

6 twice.

Elphicke, 48, will appear before Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 6.

A spokesman for the Crown Prosecutor's Office said he had decided to bring charges against Mr. Elphicke "after examining a file with city police evidence."

Mr. Elphicke will sit in the lower house after the Conservative as an independent deputy The party suspended the party whip after the charges again.

The whip was initially suspended in November 2017 after "serious allegations" against him were referred to the police, but was reinstated in December 2018 before a vote of no confidence in Theresa May.

The majority of the Tories in the House of Commons, where the party has the support of the DUP, has now dropped to two with the prospect of another cut if the party loses a by-election on August 1 in Brecon and Radnorshire.

In a statement, parliamentary attorney Ellen Peart said: "Charlie Elphicke has said from the beginning that he denies any wrongdoing.

" He will vigorously defend himself and is confident that he will clarify his name. [19659007] Mr. Elphicke represents his constituency since 2010 and was a government whip from 2015 to 2016.


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