British Conservative Member of Parliament charged with sexual assault

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A British member of the parliament from the governing conservative party has been charged, Monday for assaulting two women.

In a statement, London’s metropolitan Police said the MP, Charlie Elphicke, 48, was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

He was said to have assaulted one woman in 2007 and another woman twice in 2016.

Elphicke is due to appear in court in central London on September 6.

However, Ellen Peart his lawyer said Elphicke had denied any wrondoing.

“Charlie Elphicke has said from the outset that he denies any wrongdoing,” Ellen Peart said. “He will defend himself vigorously and is confident that he will clear his name.”

The Conservatives first suspended Elphicke in November 2017 after allegations against him were referred to police.

In December 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May controversially restored him to the Conservative ranks shortly before she faced a vote of no confidence.

The party said he had now been suspended from the Conservatives again, meaning the government’s majority in parliament’s lower House of Commons is now just two: 320 to 318.

Elphicke was first elected to the parliament in 2010 and was a government whip from 2015 to 2016, tasked with enforcing voting discipline among Conservative MPs.




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