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Apology and Defection: Natalie Elphicke Addresses Past Support for Convicted Ex-Husband as She Joins Labour



Natalie Elphicke expressed regret for backing her former husband, a convicted sex offender, following objections from Labour MPs. After switching from the Conservative Party to Labour on Wednesday, members of her new party expressed reservations about admitting someone who had supported a sex offender.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024, 2:

The Member of Parliament who switched allegiance from the Conservative Party to the Labour Party yesterday issued an apology for her previous statements defending her former spouse following his conviction for sexual assault.

Following the 2020 sentencing of ex-Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke to two years in prison for">king two women, Natalie Elphicke expressed to the Sun that his "attractiveness" and interest in women rendered him vulnerable to "malicious political maneuvers and unfounded claims."

She described the trial as unjust and labeled the accusations as "utterly absurd," while referring to her former husband as "charming, affluent, charismatic, and accomplished."

Numerous Labour Party MPs expressed discomfort with having a member of their party who has supported a sex offender.

Jess Phillips, who previously served as the shadow minister for domestic violence, stated that Mrs. Elphicke needs to explain her behavior.

Less than a day after her defection, Mrs. Elphicke issued an apology for her remarks.

She stated, "Joining the Labour Party was a serious decision for me, but I made it believing that the UK requires a fresh government under Keir Starmer's leadership to address issues ranging from housing to the small boats crisis."

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"I was aware that">king this choice would draw significant attention to the legal action against my former spouse, and I am prepared to directly confront some of the discussions it has sparked."

From 2017 to 2020, I underwent a tremendously challenging and stressful time as I discovered the true nature of someone I believed I understood well. It was undoubtedly even more difficult for the women who had to revisit their traumatic experiences and testify against him.

Further details: Natalie Elphicke stands by her MP spouse following his guilty verdict

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"I have in the past, and continue to, denounce his actions toward other women and myself. It was justified that he faced legal consequences, and I regret the remarks I made regarding his victims.

"It's crucial for women to trust the criminal justice system, and currently, our country's prosecution and conviction rates are disappointingly low."

"Keir Starmer's commitment to reducing violence against women and girls by 50% is crucial, and I wish to clearly state my support for the Labour team members striving to achieve this goal."

Mrs. Elphicke terminated her marriage to Mr. Elphicke immediately following his conviction, yet she backed his failed appeal, during which she referred to him as "attractive."

She stood by his side until his conviction, accompanying him to the courthouse throughout much of his trial.

Following his resignation as a Member of Parliament, she ran for his Dover constituency and secured a victory by a substantial margin.

She has decided not to run for re-election.

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