FORMER Tory MP Charlie Elphicke broke down in court as he described cheating on his wife but denied sexually assaulting two other women.
Elphicke, MP for Dover between 2010 and 2019, said he tried to keep his affair secret because he did not think his marriage would survive.
The woman he cheated with, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is not one of the complainants in the trial at Southwark crown court.
His voice cracking, Elphicke told jurors he had a sexual relationship with her from 2015 but had not told his wife, Natalie Elphicke, his successor as Dover MP.
‘After I was suspended, there were a lot of rumours,’ he said. ‘She (Mrs Elphicke) challenged me about it. I basically denied it. I didn’t think I could explain to Natalie; I didn’t think my marriage would survive this.’
He also admitted not telling the truth to police when they asked him about a parliamentary worker in her 20s he is accused of sexually assaulting in 2016.
He said: ‘I should have just fronted it up… I should have told the whole truth rather than half of the truth.’
The father-of-two is accused of groping a woman in her 30s before chasing her around his central London home chanting ‘I’m a naughty Tory’ in 2007. Elphicke told police he kissed the woman, who he said was feeding him chocolate and had become ‘tactile’ in the moments before, but stopped as soon as she said it was not what she wanted.
The second complainant said he groped her breast in April 2016, and then ran his hand up her leg in a second incident the following month. Elphicke, 49, denies three counts of sexual assault. The trial continues.