Cabinet minister "tried to persuade Boris Johnson to support Charlie Elphicke after he was charged with sexual assault," a source says
- He allegedly tried to get cabinet members to raise his case with the Prime Minister
- The Prime Minister was "initially sympathetic", but was warned not to intervene
- Elphicke was convicted of three sexual assaults against two women
A cabinet minister attempted to reach Boris Johnson on behalf of disgraced former Tory MP Charlie Elphicke after being charged with sexual assault.
Elphicke, who represented Dover from 2010 to last year, is said to have asked the ministers to help him.
After being indicted in July 2019 after 20 months of police investigations in July this year, he allegedly tried to persuade cabinet members to raise his case with the Prime Minister.
Elphicke (pictured), who represented Dover from 2010 to last year, is said to have asked the ministers to help him
A Cabinet Secretary reportedly spoke up for Mr. Johnson and said to him, "We should do something Prime Minister to help Charlie."
The Prime Minister was "initially sympathetic," but was warned not to intervene with another cabinet minister, and neither was reported.
Elphicke was convicted last week of three sexual assaults against two women in 2007 and 2016.
He is due to be sentenced later this year and could go to prison.
"Charlie went around saying he had no idea why he was being examined. In a way, there was a legitimate reason why people felt he was being treated unfairly," a source told The Guardian.
"He successfully campaigned for one of Boris (Johnson) Cabinet Ministers to address this and said," We should do something, Prime Minister, to help Charlie. "
The unveiling raises new questions about how senior conservatives dealt with Elphicke's case when he was investigated and how MEPs continued to support him.
Elphicke lost the Tory whip in 2017 when the allegations were forwarded to the police, but was reinstated in December 2018 before a vote of confidence in the then Prime Minister Theresa May.
Tory MPs, especially women, felt uncomfortable when Elphicke and Andrew Griffiths, a colleague whose whip was removed after being accused of sexually inappropriate behavior, returned to the group, The Guardian reported.
"There was a lot of fist punching on the tables, and I remember looking only at another woman with a frozen look," said a conservative who attended a meeting of the Tory MP's committee in 1922 in December 2018 participated, opposite the newspaper.
Griffiths, who sent lewd text messages to two young women, was freed from misconduct by the parliamentary standards watchdog last September.
The Cabinet Office and No. 10 were asked for an answer.
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