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Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke's wife Natalie criticises Conservative Party over suspension

By Paul Francis

The wife of Tory MP Charlie Elphicke has criticised the party for throwing her husband "to the wolves" after he was suspended for allegations that he has yet to be told about.

Natalie Elphicke said her husband had been hung out to dry and pleaded with PM Theresa May to end the “desperate madness” of “kangaroo courts by political central offices”.

The MP has been caught up in the swirl of allegations about misconduct and has been referred to the police by the government’s chief whip. He denies any wrongdoing.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke with wife Natalie
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke with wife Natalie

In a newspaper article, she said her husband had the whip withdrawn before the police or party had had a chance to review any actions.

She wrote: "As Conservatives we cannot stand by when injustice is heaped upon injustice. When wrong follows wrong.

"When one of our own is thrown to the wolves — is hung out to dry in this manner without even being told of what he is accused.

"I cannot begin to describe the hurt and strain, the confusion and fear for me and my family" - Natalie Elphicke

"I cannot begin to describe the hurt and strain, the confusion and fear for me and my family."

She urged Mrs May to set up a truly independent and non-political arbitrator to deal with any complaints in an independent way.

Referring to the suspected suicide of Welsh Labour minister Carl Sergeant last week after he was sacked following misconduct allegations, she said: "Rushing to judgment has lead to the death of one man who lived to serve those who elected him. It must not be allowed to lead to any more."

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke

Attacking the chief whip who ordered her husband’s suspension, she said: "By his actions, the new chief whip showed himself to be a man without any thought as to the welfare and well-being of my husband and our children.”

The MP complained last week that he remained in the dark about allegations that have been made and issued a defiant statement to his constituency saying he had done nothing wrong.

He said: “The whole area of reporting misconduct and managing allegations of misconduct is a mess.”

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