Tory MP Charlie Elphicke referred to police

By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter
Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been referred to police following serious allegations, the Tory chief whip has said.
The senior backbencher has also had the Conservative whip suspended, Julian Smith confirmed.Mr Elphicke tweeted in response to the claims, denying any wrongdoing.:: A week in Westminster: Sex scandal timeline
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke referred to police

Mr Elphicke previously worked as a tax lawyer and in pharmaceutical research
He wrote: "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."Mr Elphicke has been the MP for Dover and Deal since 2010, and was a government whip between 2015 and 2016.He made the decision to stand down after Theresa May replaced David Cameron as Prime Minister in 2016.:: Sky Views: End Westminster's toxic culture 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.— Charlie Elphicke (@CharlieElphicke) November 3, 2017
Born in Huntington, Cambridgeshire, Mr Elphicke worked as a tax lawyer as well as in pharmaceutical research, running a small business.His entry into politics came in 1994 when he was elected as a councillor in Lambeth.The 46-year-old also sits on the Commons Treasury Select Committee and is a member of the European Research Group of pro-Brexit Tory MPs.He has called for stronger border controls and recently demanded that the Treasury includes a billion pounds in the next Budget to prepare for leaving the EU before an agreement is reached.
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke referred to police

Fallon: 'I may have fallen below high standards'
According to his website, his political hero is Abraham Lincoln.This latest allegation comes as Westminster is rocked by an explosive sex scandal that some think will be "bigger than expenses".The scandal claimed its first Cabinet member last week, when Michael Fallon quit as defence secretary, saying that his behaviour had "fallen below" the high standards expected of him.He had previously apologised after touching journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer's knee at a party conference dinner.Conservative MPs Damian Green and Mark Garnier are both facing investigations over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.Mr Green denies making "any sexual advances" towards a female journalist, while Mr Garnier admitted asking an ex-aide to buy sex toys.
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke referred to police

Both Clive Lewis and Kelvin Hopkins deny the allegations against them
And Labour has suspended veteran MP Kelvin Hopkins, pending an investigation into claims of inappropriate touching and sending suggestive text messages. He "absolutely and categorically" denies the claims.There have also been claims that Labour MP Clive Lewis touched a Labour activist inappropriately during the Labour 2017 conference. He also strongly denies the allegations.Following the wave of complaints, Theresa May has launched new mandatory Conservative code of conduct.A new hotline will be set up for reporting breaches of the code, which will be investigated by a panel which will include an independent member.Labour has said it will appoint an independent specialist organisation offering confidential advice and support to anyone affected by sexual harassment in the party.
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