- Tory MP Charlie Elphicke suspended after “serious allegations.” Matter has been passed to the police. Elphicke denies wrongdoing.
LONDON – The Conservative party suspended MP Charlie Elphicke after passing “serious allegations” against him on to the police, the party’s chief whip, Julian Smith, has said.
Smith said in a statement on Friday: “I have suspended the Conservative party whip from Charlie Elphicke MP following serious allegations that have been referred to the police.”
Elphicke denied any wrongdoing, and said the media had been informed of the suspension before him.
Here’s Elphicke’s tweet:
The party tipped off the press before telling me of my suspension. I am not aware of what the alleged claims are and deny any wrongdoing.
— Charlie Elphicke (@CharlieElphicke) November 3, 2017
He has been the MP for Dover and Deal since 2010 and staunchly pro-Brexit, advocating for the UK to pay the European Union nothing when the country leaves the bloc.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was rocked by allegations of sexist behaviour against former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who resigned this week.
Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, compiled a dossier Fallon’s behaviour and handed it to May’s office before he resigned.
She accused him of saying, when she complained she had cold hands, “I know where you can put them to warm them up,” The Sun reported.