Former British MP convicted of sexual assault

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Former British MP convicted of sexual assault

A British court on Tuesday sentenced a former Tory MP who was convicted of sexual assault against two women to two years in prison.

Member of Parliament for Dover (south) from 2010 to 2019, Charlie Elphicke, 49, was convicted at the end of July of three counts of sexual assault, for having assaulted a woman in her thirties in 2007 at his home and an employee parliamentarian in his twenties twice in 2016.

This judgment, which he appealed, had led his wife, the current MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, to announce in the wake of the end of their 25-year marriage.

"You are a sexual predator who used your success and respectability as a cover," Southwark London Court Judge Philippa Whipple said Tuesday in handing down the sentence.

Charlie Elphicke's lawyer, Ian Winter, said his client had "fully learned" from this case. "He has lost his wife, his 20-year-old daughter is estranged with him as a direct result of his conviction and his 13-year-old son is subjected to prolonged and cruel bullying at his school," he said. highlighted. "I can assure you, from him, that this will never happen again."

Charlie Elphicke was first suspended from the Conservative Party in November 2017, when charges of sexual assault emerged, before being reinstated in December 2018 by Prime Minister Theresa May shortly before a vote of no confidence was held against she.

After his indictment in 2019, Charlie Elphicke was once again suspended, further reducing the very small majority of the ruling party in Parliament, in the midst of turbulence over Brexit.

It was his wife Natalie Elphicke who succeeded him in his constituency in the legislative elections of December 2019.

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