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Three-week trial of former MP Charlie Elphicke accused of sexual assault to begin next week

The trial of a former MP accused of sexual assault will begin next week and could last up to three weeks.

Charlie Elphicke, who represented the constituency of Dover from 2010 to 2019, denies all three allegations made against him.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke will stand trial next week
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke will stand trial next week

They involve one on a woman in 2007 and two on a second alleged victim in 2016.

The case will be heard at Southwark Crown Court from Monday and is set to last two to three weeks. A pre-trial review will take place on Thursday.

Elphicke appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in September 2019 when he pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

Natalie Dawson, prosecuting, said at that hearing that in two cases the women were sitting and having a glass of wine when they alleged that Elphicke kissed and groped them.

The court had heard a few days later one of the women complained the MP had groped her in his car.

Charlie Elphicke was MP for Deal and Dover from 2010 until 2019. Picture: The office of Charlie Elphicke MP
Charlie Elphicke was MP for Deal and Dover from 2010 until 2019. Picture: The office of Charlie Elphicke MP

Mark Halsam, defending had said

the matter had been under investigation for a "significant" period of time and Elphicke "totally and utterly" denied the allegations.

He added that Elphicke had been open with the police investigation throughout.

The 49-year-old married father-of-two was suspended as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury - also known as a government whip - on November 3, 2017, after the allegations were made to police.

But, on December 12, 2018, the Conservative whip was reinstated before a confidence vote in Theresa May before, once again, being withdrawn in July when he was charged.

He did not stand in the December 2019 General Election but the seat was taken by his wife Natalie Elphicke.

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