Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke is under police investigation for alleged sexual offences involving two female members of his staff, it was reported today.
The Conservative was last year suspended by the party over unidentified “serious allegations” last November — four days after a the publication of a list names of politicians accused of sexual wrongdoing.
Mr Elphicke, 47, has always denied the allegations. If he stands for re-election at the next general election he will face Labour candidate Charlotte Cornell, the chief of staff to Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield.
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On the day of his suspension, Mr Elphicke tweeted: “I am not aware of what the alleged claims are and deny any wrongdoing.”
The two alleged female victims were interviewed by specialist detectives from Scotland Yard’s sexual offences command earlier this year.
The Met Police said this weekend: “On March 12, 2018, a man was interviewed under caution, by appointment.
“The interview was in connection with an ongoing investigation being carried out by the child abuse and sexual offences command into alleged sexual offences.
“The interview took place at a police building. At this stage in the investigation the Metropolitan Police will not comment further.”
Last night Mr Elphicke tweeted: “It was some 5 months before I was made aware of what the ‘allegations’ against me were.
“Now I know, I am completely confident I will be able to prove my innocence. I will continue to defend myself vigorously for as long as necessary.”
Mr Elphicke, a former lawyer, was first elected in 2010 when he defeated the sitting Labour MP Gwyn Prosser by more than 5,000 votes. At the 2017 election, he took 52% of the vote and commanded a 6,400 majority over Labour.
His wife Natalie has fully supported him and told the Sunday Times in November that her husband was the victim of a “kangaroo court”.