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Conservatives suspend Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke over ‘serious allegations’ passed to police

PUBLISHED: 08:25 04 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:25 04 November 2017

Charlie Elphicke. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Charlie Elphicke. Photo: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Mr Elphicke has denied any wrongdoing and said the media had been informed of the suspension before he had

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has said he is unaware of the nature of the “serious allegations” which the Conservative Party says have been passed to the police.

Tory chief whip Julian Smith said Mr Elphicke has been suspended but would not elaborate further on the claims that prompted the action.

Mr Elphicke has denied any wrongdoing and said the media had been informed of the suspension before he had.

Mr Smith said: “I have suspended the Conservative Party whip from Charlie Elphicke MP following serious allegations that have been referred to the police.”

The MP tweeted: “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.”

It is the latest in a series of claims of inappropriate behaviour against members, which led to the resignation of Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon earlier this week.

Ashford MP Damian Green also faces an investigation into allegations against him, which he strongly denies.

Meanwhile, Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale told us this week he feared a “witch-hunt” against colleagues would deter young people from entering politics.

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