TORY MP Charlie Elphicke has vowed to ‘defend himself vigorously’ after he was charged with sexually assaulting two women.
The 48-year-old is due to appear before Westminster magistrates in September and faces three charges.
He is alleged to have attacked the first woman in 2007 and the second in 2016.
Mr Elphicke was charged after a review of ‘a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police’, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
His solicitor Ellen Peart said: ‘Charlie Elphicke has said from the outset that he denies any wrongdoing.
‘He will defend himself vigorously and is confident that he will clear his name. Meanwhile Charlie would like to thank everyone for their continued support of him and his family.’
A senior Tory source said the Conservative whip has been suspended from the Dover MP, which leaves the working Tory-DUP majority in the Commons at two.
The next prime minister will face the prospect of that being further reduced to one if the Tories lose the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election on August 1.
Elphicke, a former tax lawyer, has represented the Kent seat since 2010 and was a government whip under former prime minister David Cameron between 2015-16.