Charlie Elphicke: Disgraced husband's sexual assault court ordeal was humiliating, says Natalie Elphicke

Ellena Cruse
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The wife of former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, who was convicted of sexually assaulting two women, has spoken out about her “horrible, humiliating” court ordeal.

Natalie Elphicke at first appeared to stand by her husband during his trial, when she was photographed holding his hand.

But in a statement after proceedings, she said she was calling time on a relationship with the "only man I have ever loved".

Ms Elphicke told The Sun she dumped the 49-year-old in a private courtroom, following a video call with their teenage son.

Charles Elphicke was found guilty during a three-week trial (PA)
Charles Elphicke was found guilty during a three-week trial (PA)

She said: “It was just awful. The case has been really unpleasant, horrible, upsetting and humiliating.”

At the time of the ruling, she released a statement which said: “Today’s verdict is one that brings profound sorrow.

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke alongside MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke (PA)
Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke alongside MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke (PA)

“It ends my 25-year marriage to the only man I have ever loved.”

The Dover MP’s local Conservative association has said she retains their “full support”.

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke (PA)
Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke (PA)

Charlie Elphicke served as Dover MP between 2010 and 2019, when he was succeeded by Ms Elphicke.

The jury at Southwark Crown Court dismissed his claims that his accusers were lying, instead believing victims who gave tearful evidence during a three-and-a-half week trial.

Elphicke, a former lawyer who admitted lying to police, his wife and party bosses when the allegations were first put to him, sighed and looked at his lawyer as the jury foreman recorded guilty verdicts in each of three sexual assault allegations.

Elphicke was released on bail but was warned by the judge, Mrs Justice Whipple that he faces the “very real possibility” of jail.

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