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Lawyers involved to find out why Deal and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke is suspended

By Eleanor Perkins

Even lawyers are struggling to get to the bottom of the allegations leading to the suspension of Deal and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.

The politician was struck off by the Conservative Party in November following “serious allegations,” which had been reported to police.

Ten weeks on, the father-of-two who lives in St Margaret’s says still he doesn’t know why he has been suspended and is working with a legal team to find answers.

MP Charlie Elphicke says it is unfair for anyone to be in his position
MP Charlie Elphicke says it is unfair for anyone to be in his position

In a new statement, he said: “My lawyers have been making enquiries of the police on a regular basis.

“No one in the country should have allegations made against them and not be told what they are for two months.

“It is unfair for anyone to be in this position.”

On November 3 - the night he was suspended - Mr Elphicke took to Twitter to deny any wrongdoing, adding that he was unaware of the claims being made against him.

He continues as a Conservative, with the whip suspended, and remains the constituency MP.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday just before Christmas, Mr Elphicke said that just after the suspension he and his wife spent the weekend wondering whether he would be arrested “at any moment”.

He added, meanwhile the “press pack” descended on the family home and neighbours saw their bins being checked.

He concluded: “I cannot deny that the pressure of these events has taken a heavy toll on me and my family and cast a long shadow.”

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