Tory Whip called Scotland Yard over sexual assault charges against Member of Parliament Charlie Elphicke, court told court
Tory Whip called Scotland Yard about sexual assault allegations against Member of Parliament Charlie Elphicke after the prosecution’s local police took no action
- Tory politician Charlie Elphicke is in court on three sexual assault charges
- He has been accused of groping and chasing a woman, now in her thirties, in 2007
- Mr. Elphicke also claimed to have shouted ‘I’m a naughty Tory’ while chasing her
- He was also accused of assaulting a parliamentary worker twice in 2016
- The ex-MP for Dover was questioned by Tory Whips after the 2016 allegations
A Tory whip informed Scotland Yard of allegations of sexual assault by conservative politician Charlie Elphicke after her local police station failed to respond to the allegations.
Elphicke, 49, has been charged with three sexual assault allegations, including an incident in which he asked a woman about bondage and whipping before groping her and chasing her in 2007 ‘I’m a naughty Tory’.
The former MP for Dover has also been accused of sexually assaulting a parliamentary worker inside the Palace of Westminster twice in 2016.
Mr Elphicke, a father of two, has denied all three sexual assault attacks.
Former Tory MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke (pictured left), charged with three counts of sexual assault between 2007 and 2016, was investigated by Tory whips on the charges against him
Tory Deputy Chief Anne Milton (pictured) called Scotland Yard when local police of a potential victim took no action in 2016 when the allegations were made
Deputy Chief Whip Anne Milton, who investigated Mr Elphicke’s actions with Chief Whip Julian Smith, called on Scotland Yard to address the allegations.
Southwark Crown Court also heard that the victim’s local police station, the South Wales Police, took no action when the allegations were brought to their attention.
Eloise Marshall interviewed DCI Mick McInerney about an interview between the Metropolitan Police and Mr. Elphicke in 2018.
The court heard Mrs. Marshall ask, “Is it true that she called [her local police station]? ‘
DCI McInerney replied, “Yes.”
Mrs. Marshall: “And is it true that they didn’t come back to her?”
DCI McInerney: “That’s right.”
Ms. Marshall: “When was the Metropolitan Police contacted?”
DCI McInerney: “Yes.”
Mrs. Marshall: “The whips informed you of the investigation?”
DCI McInerney: “Yes, I was informed of the allegation by Anne Milton.”
Mrs. Marshall: “And as a result, you got in touch [the alleged victim]? ‘
DCI McInerney: “I did that. We had contact details and contacted her to ask if we should speak to her. ‘
Mr. Elphicke admitted that he was shocked by the charges against him and the interview he had with Ms. Milton and Mr. Smith.
Excerpts from Elphicke’s interview with the Metropolitan Police in March 2018 were played during his trial at Southwark Crown Court in the past two days
He said to the court, “I got allegations against me. I had no legal representative and I did not consider it an appropriate interview.
“I spent most of the interview in total shock at the accusations made against me.”
Mr Elphicke was a Member of Parliament for Dover from 2010 to November 2019, but he was not present at last year’s general election due to the allegations of sexual assault.
He was replaced as a Tory candidate by his wife, Natalie, who won by a majority of over 12,000 votes.
Mr Elphicke (pictured left) was a Member of Parliament for Dover for nine years between 2010 and late 2019, before being replaced as a Tory candidate for the seat by his wife, Natalie, who won in the 2019 general election. the accusations against him
The court had previously heard that Mr Elphicke agreed to pay the victim of £ 5,000 in damages in 2007, withdrawing the money in small amounts to prevent his wife from finding out.
She claimed that Elphicke tried to kiss her, touched her chest and then chased her through his house trying to grab her buttocks.
The trial is currently ongoing.