Info@NationalCyberSecurity
Info@NationalCyberSecurity

Tory MP who defended sexual predator ex-husband defects to Labour | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey


Tory MP Natalie Elphicke has defected to Labour, criticising Rishi Sunak’s “tired and chaotic government” for the decision.

The MP for Dover said the prime minister had failed to deliver on his promise to stop the boats and also accused him of deserting the political centre ground.

“We need to move on from the broken promises of Rishi Sunak’s tired and chaotic government,” Elphicke said in a statement. “The general election cannot come soon enough.”

Elphicke is standing down at the general election and denied that Labour had offered her a peerage. However, aides suggested the MP could take on an unpaid role in working on housing policy with Labour.

Elphicke has been a controversial figure – she was suspended for attempting to influence legal proceedings involving her disgraced ex-husband Charlie. Following her defection, the Politico website reported seven female Labour MPs saying they were “uncomfortable” with her joining the party.

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, with MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke, leaving Southwark Crown Court in London where he is on trial accused of three counts of sexually assaulting two women. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, with MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke, leaving Southwark Crown Court in London. (Getty)

Elphicke was elected as Dover’s Conservative MP in 2019, taking over the seat that had been held by her then-husband Charlie, who was jailed for two years after being found guilty in 2020 of sexually assaulting two women.

Elphicke stood by him during his trial but she said their marriage ended with his conviction. They divorced in 2021.

Following the sentencing, Elphicke admitted her ex-husband was in the wrong but added the sentence was “excessive” and suggested the court had been on “a mission”.

She subsequently told the Sun that he had been convicted in a terrible miscarriage of justice”, adding: “It was obvious to me from reading the evidence during lockdown that the criminal allegations against him were complete nonsense, and I still believe they are.”

She said his “attractiveness” made him an “easy target for dirty politics and false allegations”.

Mrs Justice Whipple told Elphicke during his sentencing: “You’re a sexual predator who used your success and respectability as a cover. You required both women to come to court and give evidence about the assaults you had made on them. That was not easy for them and they displayed great courage.”

Later, Elphicke, Sir Roger Gale and Theresa Villiers were then suspended for one day from Parliament for attempting to influence legal proceedings involving her former husband.

They were among five Conservative MPs who sought to interfere in a decision regarding Elphicke.

They wrote to senior members of the judiciary using House of Commons-provided stationery, expressing their concern about a more junior judge potentially publishing pre-sentencing character references related to Elphicke.

The Committee on Standards concluded that the letters were an “attempt improperly to influence judicial proceedings”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with former Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke in his parliamentary office in the House of Commons, London, after it was announced she has defected to Labour, hitting out at the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with former Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke in his parliamentary office in the House of Commons, London, after it was announced she has defected to Labour, hitting out at the

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with former Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke in his parliamentary office. (Getty)

Elphicke has been an ardent supporter of the Rwanda Act, which Labour has said it will repeal.

A year ago, she used a newspaper column to claim “not only have Labour got no plan of their own to tackle illegal immigration, they simply do not want to” and said Starmer “has pledged to rip up our world-leading partnership to remove illegal migrants to Rwanda”.

The MP also wrote an article labelling Starmer “Sir Softie” and saying he could not be trusted on immigration.

Asked about her previous criticism of Labour over immigration policy, she said Sunak “was the man who said he would stop the boats” but so far this year there had been “record numbers of small boats arrivals”.

She added: “So, he’s not stopping the boats and he’s letting the country down.

“Meanwhile under Labour, they are clear that it is important to have defence and they want to make sure that they have good national security. So I think we should have confidence that Labour are the party who will tackle this issue of the small boats crossings.”

England's forward Marcus Rashford reacts after missing a penalty during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between Italy and England at the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)England's forward Marcus Rashford reacts after missing a penalty during the UEFA EURO 2020 final football match between Italy and England at the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021. (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford reacts after missing a penalty during the EURO 2020 final vs Italy. (Getty)

Elphicke previously courted controversy when she engaged in a public spat with England striker Marcus Rashford, suggesting the footballer should have spent more time “perfecting his game” than “playing politics” after he missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.

Rashford ran a high-profile campaign to persuade the government to provide free meals to vulnerable youngsters throughout the school holidays during the coronavirus pandemic.

Elphicke apologised, but shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves, her new colleague, was so incensed by her comment she said the then-Tory MP should “f*** off”.

In her apology, she said: “Last night I shared the frustration and heartbreak of millions of other England fans.

“I regret messaging privately a rash reaction about Marcus Rashford’s missed penalty and apologise to him for any suggestion that he is not fully focused on his football.”

England lost the final to Italy on penalties.



Source link

——————————————————–


Click Here For The Original Source.

National Cyber Security

FREE
VIEW