Kent MP denies sexual assault, trial scheduled for June 2020

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The MP for Dover and Deal appeared in court today, charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Charlie Elphicke, a former Conservative whip, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 2007, and of two separate assaults on a second woman in 2016. He appeared in Southwark Crown Court this morning, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

He previously appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court last month, where he also pleaded not guilty.

Mr Elphicke, who became an MP in 2010, was suspended from his party in 2017 when the allegations were first made. He was later re-admitted in December 2018, but was suspended again in July of this year when he was charged by police.

The 48-year-old father or two has been released on unconditional bail, and will return to Southwark Crown Court on the 29th June next year. The trial is expected to last between 10 days and three weeks, with as many as 15 witnesses.

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