A former Conservative MP has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two women.

Charlie Elphicke, the former MP for Dover, denied groping the women in similar situations nine years apart.

He was convicted of one count of sexual assault in 2007, and two further counts against a second woman in 2016.

The 49-year-old’s wife Natalie Elphicke, who is the current MP for Dover, was present for his trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Releasing Elphicke on bail ahead on sentencing on 15 September, Judge Mrs Justice Whipple said: “There is a very real possibility he faces immediate custody.”

Elphicke’s trial heard he had lunged at a woman aged in her 30s at his London home in 2007 on the first night his wife was away after the birth of their son.

He forced his victim on to a sofa and groped her breast while trying to kiss her, before chasing her and chanting “I’m a naughty Tory”.

“He tried to kiss me and I moved my head, he pushed me down by my shoulders,” the woman told jurors.

“He had his knee between my legs and he was groping my breast.”

Elphicke told the court he tried to kiss the woman “under a misapprehension” after she became “tactile”, but denied sexual assault.

In 2016 he twice sexually assaulted a parliamentary worker aged in her 20s, first attempting to kiss the woman and grope her breast.

“He had his mouth open, continually trying to kiss me,” his victim told the court. “It was like a disgusting, slobbery mess.”

In the second assault several weeks later, he ran his hand up the inside of her thigh towards her groin.

Elphicke had told the jury he was “besotted” with the younger woman and desired a sexual relationship with her.

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