The wife of a former MP who was found guilty of sexual assaults has announced she is leaving him after 25 years of marriage.
Charlie Elphicke, 49, who dubbed himself a “Naughty Tory”, is facing jail today after a jury found him guilty of three counts of sexual assault.
Elphicke’s wife Natalie, who replaced him as MP for Dover, said the verdict brought “profound sorrow”.
She wrote on Twitter: “Today’s verdict is one that brings profound sorrow.
“It ends my 25 year marriage to the only man I have ever loved.
“I would ask for some personal space and time to come to terms with the shocking events of the last three years.”
Her husband, the MP for Dover from 2010 to 2019, wept in the witness box during his trial as he admitted to cheating on his wife, but denied all suggestions of non-consensual sexual activity.
The court heard that Elphicke pounced on one of his victims as they shared a glass of wine talking “suggestively” about bondage and whips before plunging his hand down her blouse.
When she tried to flee, Elphicke chased her around the kitchen trying to slap her bottom “like a sketch from a Benny Hill” and chanted “I’m a naughty Tory” in the 2007 incident, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The Daily Mail provide details on the testimony Elphicke gave:
While Elphicke denied the comments and the pursuit, he admitted that he shared a consensual kiss prompted, he claimed, by her dropping a number of chocolates into his open mouth.
‘In a moment of extreme stupidity I forgot who I was… I forgot where I was,’ the 49-year old said.
‘I should not have let this happen – the buck stops with me. It was one of the greatest regrets of my life.’
Until, that is, the next one.
That came in 2015 when he started a two year affair with a second young woman whom he had met through his work.
Naturally, all done behind his wife Natalie’s back.
But even those extra-marital activities didn’t stop Elphicke’s roving eye from latching on to woman No3, a Parliamentary worker in her early 20s.
Whining about his ‘unhappy marriage’, the then Tory MP for Dover plied her with champagne, after which he kissed and groped her. A second assault took place at a later date.
Again Elphicke painted a different picture, claiming that he had merely ‘propositioned her’.
He had, he said, ‘lost his head’ after becoming besotted by the ‘amazing’ younger woman’s ‘vitality and smile’. When she complained about what had happened to party whips, Elphicke lied and lied again – first to senior party members then to police and his wife, calling the claims ‘appalling and untrue’.
‘I should not have lied to the police, I should have just fronted it up,’ he said in court.
‘I should have told the whole truth rather than half of the truth. It was a terrible mistake. I’m sorry.’
Finally, given how much of Elphicke’s behavior was known to various people in the Conservative party, The Daily Mail wants to understand who thought it was a good idea to give Elphicke a place in party leadership:
The Conservative Party is facing serious questions over its handling of allegations against Charlie Elphicke after his conviction yesterday for three sex attacks.
The then MP for Dover had the party whip suspended – meaning he was effectively kicked out of the party – in November 2017 following claims of sexual assault, almost a year after he was first reported to his party.
But Elphicke controversially had the whip restored in December 2018, ahead of a crucial confidence vote in the then Prime Minister Theresa May, while he was being investigated by police.
Mrs May was facing what was expected to be a knife-edge vote tabled by hardline Brexit Conservatives angry at her withdrawal policy.