‘Naughty Tory’ Charlie Elphicke is seen out and about with his estranged wife
Disgraced former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been spotted running errands with his estranged wife after he was released on licence from prison.
The self-proclaimed ‘naughty Tory’ was dramatically dumped on Twitter by Natalie, his wife of 25 years who took over from him as the MP for Dover, after he was convicted of three counts of sexual assault in 2020.
But since his release from jail in September, the former couple have been forced to navigate the difficulties of bringing up their teenage son together.
Disgraced former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been spotted running errands with his estranged wife after he was released on licence from prison
Elphicke, who admitted to cheating on his wife during his trial, was freed on licence after serving half of his two-year prison sentence.
Last week he was pictured driving a 4×4 with a stony-faced Mrs Elphicke in the passenger seat near her £1.6 million home in Fulham, west London.
It is the first time the pair have been pictured together since they arrived hand-in-hand at court throughout his trial, which culminated in Mrs Elphicke storming out after the verdict.
She later backed a failed appeal against his prison sentence, saying she wanted him to ‘co-parent their teenage son while he was growing up’.
Last night, Mrs Elphicke said: ‘Charlie has his own place and I have mine. We co-parent our son who lives with me.
Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke, with MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke, arriving at Southwark Crown Court in London in July 2020
Like many thousands of other separated families, we work together to minimise the impact of divorce on our child and to sort out the last bits and bobs of our previous life as we finalise matters.’
Mrs Elphicke’s mother Julia Pears has expressed her dismay that ‘toxic’ Elphicke is still in her daughter’s life.
Mrs Pears said: ‘It’s a difficult situation but it’s not what I would do because I think Charles’s behaviour is absolutely disgusting.
Natalie is a very strong, competent and good person and she’s in a very difficult situation and will want to do what’s best for her son.’
Elphicke, a former Government whip, is due to face judges next month over £35,000 of unpaid court costs from his 2020 trial.
He has claimed he has been left broke after spending what little money he has left on six months’ rent for a £475,000 one-bedroom flat in Fulham, having split from his wife.
He told Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in November: ‘I have no job, I have no career, I am long-term unemployed.
The ex-MP for Dover, who was jailed for sexual assault, was released in September having served half of his two-year sentence for three sexual assaults on two women
Disgraced former MP Charlie Elphicke, who was jailed for sexual assault, has been pictured for the first time following his release from prison
‘I am separated from my wife who has filed for divorce. I have had to find a new place to live.’
The Elphickes recently sold their marital home in St Margaret’s Bay, Dover, for £1,525,000 – almost double what they paid for it.
But Elphicke said he received only £51,000 from the proceeds of the sale, which went on legal fees and his rent. He said he had considerable debts, including a £100,000 loan from his estranged wife which was used to fund his trial defence fees.
Elphicke, who has been given until the end of his licence in September to clear his bills, will be in court next month for a review of his progress.
During his trial, the jury heard that he forced himself on two young women in similar attacks, kissing them open-mouthed and groping their breasts.
In one attack, Elphicke chased his victim around his home as his two children slept upstairs, chanting: ‘I’m a naughty Tory’.