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MP Natalie Elphicke Apologizes for Past Support of Convicted Ex-Husband Amid Labour Party Concerns



Natalie Elphicke expressed regret for">king her former husband, a convicted sex offender, following apprehensions raised by Labour MPs. The Dover representative switched allegiance from the Conservatives to Labour on Wednesday, but her new party's members voiced reservations about admitting someone who had supported a sex offender.

Political correspondent @alixculbertson

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 2:

The Member of Parliament who switched allegiance from the Conservative to the Labour Party yesterday has expressed regret for her previous statements defending her former husband following his conviction for sexual assault.

Following the 2020 sentencing of ex-Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke to two years in prison for the assault of two women, Natalie Elphicke expressed to the Sun that his appeal and interest in women rendered him vulnerable to political manipulation and unfounded accusations.

She described the trial as unjust, labeling the accusations as "utterly absurd" and referred to her former husband as "charming, affluent, charismatic, and successful."

Numerous Labour Party members expressed discomfort with the presence of a fellow MP who has supported a sex offender within their ranks.

Jess Phillips, who previously held the role of shadow domestic violence minister, stated that Mrs. Elphicke needs to explain her behavior.

Less than a day after switching sides, Mrs. Elphicke issued a statement expressing regret for her remarks.

She stated, "Joining the Labour Party was a decision I made with careful consideration, driven by my belief that the UK requires a new administration under Keir Starmer's leadership to address issues ranging from housing to the small boats crisis."

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"I was aware that choosing this course of action would intensify the focus on my former husband's legal proceedings, and I am prepared to directly confront 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. I recognize, however, that it was even more difficult for the women who had to revisit their past traumas and testify against him.

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

"Ensuring women's trust in the criminal justice system is crucial, and currently, both the prosecution and conviction rates in our nation are disappointingly low."

"Keir Starmer has set a vital goal to reduce male violence against women and girls by half, and I seize this moment to fully endorse the Labour team members striving to achieve this objective."

Mrs. Elphicke terminated her marriage with Mr. Elphicke right after his conviction but 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 with a substantial majority.

She has decided not to run for re-election.

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