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#CharlieElphicke sex assault sentence exposes the privilege of the ruling class

Charlie Elphicke: his sentence is not proportionate to the anguish he has caused his victims.

Charlie Elphicke is not the alleged “Tory rapist” who’s currently still a member of Parliament although barred from participating in debates.

That matter has yet to be concluded.

But his two-year sentence for sexually assaulting two women reveals several damning truths about the UK’s justice system and how it cushions convictions against the privileged few.

Here’s the story:

Ex-Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been jailed for two years for sexually assaulting two women.
Elphicke, 49, the former MP for Dover, was convicted of groping the women in similar situations, nine years apart.
He denied the charges, but was found guilty of one count of sexual assault in 2007 and two further counts in 2016, after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The judge told Elphicke he was a “sexual predator who used your success and respectability as a cover”.
Within minutes of his jailing, Elphicke confirmed he would appeal against his conviction, arguing he had not had a “fair trial”.

That’s the official view. Now let’s hand over to people on Twitter who know far more about this subject than I do. Firstly:

He’s not the #ToryRapist, as stated at the top of this article. But the Conservative whips knew about him.

He is described in the so-called “dodgy dossier” of Conservative MPs with unsavoury sexual histories as: “Charlie Elphicke: inappropriate with female researchers.”

That’s an interesting euphemism to describe a man who had already committed sex crimes against two such researchers by the time the dossier became public knowledge in 2017.

This information should have been enough to put everybody in the Tory whips’ office at the time – along with then-prime minister Theresa May – right in the dock with Elphicke as accessories.

But that didn’t happen because they are above the law.

Yes: he used his success and respectability as a cover – exactly the same success and respectability that keeps his former Parliamentary colleagues from being investigated.

Elphicke himself was given a two-year custodial sentence, meaning he’ll serve 12 months unless he disgraces himself in prison somehow.

And to what kind of prison is he being sent – while he appeals against that sentence?

Contrast that with the life sentence that he handed down to the women he sexually assaulted. Their statements make horrific reading:

You can click on the images for the statements but let’s save you the bother.

According to Prosecutor Eloise Marshall QC, the first victim had a “significantly increased sense of caution” when coming into contact with men, including taxi drivers and butchers.

“The logical part of my brain is telling me to be polite to them but the emotional side is making me stressed.”

[This went] even to the extent that when the (police) officers came to take an account from her, she found it difficult to be alone with them.

She says she avoided being alone with men in general.

The second victim said in her impact statement, “I still remember how he made me feel, I still know those feelings of fear and helplessness.

“I do believe as a result of what happened, it changed how I perceived myself.

“Because of his acts, he stole a large part of my self-worth and self-esteem.

“My inner scars will always be there.”

There is one small element of poetic justice in this story, though: Elphicke voted to restrict the provision of legal aid, and then fell foul of the new restrictions.

At the time, he probably expected the change to affect only poor people, who need legal aid to have access to the justice system; without it, they can’t challenge the privileged few.

He didn’t realise that he was giving away his house as well.

Not to mention his liberty.

But then, it wouldn’t have happened if he could have kept his hands to himself.

Source: Charlie Elphicke: Ex-MP jailed for sex assaults on women – BBC News

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Man thrown out of wheelchair and knocked unconscious in vile disablist attack

This is what happens when you have a government that promotes prejudice against disabled people in the media and on the streets.

Karl Dean was minding his own business, making his way back from the pub in his wheelchair on Sunday, when he was attacked from behind by another man.

This person threw his wheelchair over. Mr Dean, who has cerebral palsy, fell out and hit his head on the ground, the impact knocking him unconscious.

It will be interesting to see if the police exert themselves

There was no attempt to rob Mr Dean; the motivation for the attack seems to have been nothing more than hatred of a person with a disability.

Source: Disabled man left bloodied and dazed after thrown from wheelchair in cruel attack – Hull Live

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Tories knew about Elphicke’s sex crimes before he was charged – and did nothing. Why weren’t they arrested as accessories?

Charlie Elphicke: guilty of sex crimes. What about those in the Tory whips office who knew and are therefore accessories? What about Theresa May, the PM of the day, who also knew?

Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault this week, after being charged nearly three years ago.

But did you know that the Conservative Party’s Parliamentary whips had been well aware of his crimes before he was charged?

Their so-called “dirty dossier” of MPs (during the 2017-19 Parliament) who were known for their inappropriate behaviour included this line: “Charlie Elphicke: inappropriate with female researchers.”

Indeed.

We now learn that in 2007 he kissed and groped a woman at his home, while his wife was away for the night. He went on to chase her around the house, chanting, “I’m a naughty Tory.”

That woman was not identified as a researcher but in 2016 he tried to kiss and then groped a Parliamentary worker, afterwards allegedly saying, “I’m so naughty sometimes.” A month later he ran a hand up her thigh.

That he will be sentenced for his sexual assaults next month will come as scant comfort to the women he assaulted – or to the unknown number of other women (and men) who remain subject to sexual attack by predators who justify it by saying they’re “a naughty Tory”.

The copy of the Tory sexual offenders’ dossier available to me is nearly three years old. It became public knowledge in October 2017; Elphicke was charged in early November.

Who knows how many of the new intake of Tory MPs have joined those who kept their seats in the December 2019 election (Elphicke did not) on that list?

The simple fact is that a crime is a crime, even if committed by a member of Parliament, but these creeps seem to think they are above the law.

Knowing about a crime but hiding the evidence makes a person an accessory to the crime – equally guilty.

So why have the police not arrested those who occupied the Conservative whips’ office in October 2017 – and then-prime minister Theresa May, who was also aware of the list – as accessories to Elphicke’s sex crimes?

Source: Charlie Elphicke: Former Tory MP found guilty of three counts of sexual assault – Mirror Online

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Man assaulted Owen Jones out of hatred for his political views and homophobia, court rules

Abuse: Owen Jones has experience of dealing with abuse from the far right. This shot shows him being pursued by James Goddard in January last year.

This Site reported the assault shortly after it happened. It’s good to see justice done and know that the far-right crazies can’t get away with anything they like, just because another far-right crazy is in Downing Street.

I don’t agree with Mr Jones about everything he says but he certainly should not be threatened with violence over the opinions he expresses.

A man has been found guilty of aggravated assault against the Guardian columnist Owen Jones because of hostility to his leftwing political views and homophobia, following a two-day trial at Snaresbrook crown court.

Anne Studd QC, the presiding judge, concluded at the end of the hearing that Jones was the victim of a “wholly unprovoked assault” outside a central London pub last August because of “his LGBT and his leftwing beliefs”.

The defendant, James Healy, 40, had “far-right” views, Studd added, as evidenced by a collection of memorabilia found at his Portsmouth home, including items with logos or mottos from far right group Combat 18, white supremacist groups and hooligan groups associated with Chelsea football club.

Healy had already pleaded guilty to assaulting Jones last August outside the Lexington pub in King’s Cross, north London, at about 2am. But he was on trial to determine whether his actions were motivated by homophobia and hostility to Jones’s leftwing views.

Healy is one of three men who have admitted being involved in the incident. He and Liam Tracey, 34, from Camden, north London, and Charlie Ambrose, 29, from Brighton, all pleaded guilty to affray last month. Healy also admitted a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Sentencing for all three men is due to take place next month at the earliest. Healy will receive a greater than normal sentence because of the aggravating factors.

Source: Man found guilty of aggravated assault against Owen Jones | UK news | The Guardian

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Labour activists in their 70s attacked and left with broken bones in two vicious assaults

Police: Let’s hope our law guardians track down the culprits quickly.

It’s bad enough that Tories think they can get away with lying to the electorate; now it seems they think they can beat their opponents up with impunity.

Or am I jumping the gun by concluding that the attacker who threw a 70-year-old woman over a car – breaking her ribs in the process – while shouting that she was a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist”, amid a torrent of other foul and abusive language, was a Tory?

Here’s Evolve Politics with the details:

On Sunday, a 72-year old Labour activist was left with a broken jaw after being punched in the face whilst campaigning in the Rotherham village of Hellaby.

Police have since arrested a 51-year old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

In addition to the attack in Rotherham, it has just been reported that a female Labour activist – also in her 70s – has been left with broken ribs after being thrown over a car bonnet and assaulted by a person screaming “a diatribe of foul and abusive language” at them.

The latest attack occurred in Hertfordshire, and local police have said that whilst an enquiry is underway, no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

Witnesses to the incident in Hertfordshire say that the attacker was female, and labelled the victim a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist” before assaulting her.

It is also alleged that the attacker defaced a Labour Party banner before rounding on the victim.

The article notes that another witness to the attack blamed the right-wing media for stirring up anger and inciting violence against Labour activists, in a radio interview.

You can hear that interview for yourself in full here.

Have any party leaders gone on record to condemn these attacks?

Or will we see Dominic Raab wheeled on again to say “nobody gives a toss” and that it’s all part of the “cut and thrust”?

Disgusting.

Source: Two Labour activists in their 70s have been attacked and left with broken bones in separate vicious assaults | Evolve Politics

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Is this the UK’s attitude to homelessness now – pretending to help and then kicking them when they’re down?

Offensive: It seems increasing numbers of people think violence against homeless people is acceptable. Is it because our government has implied that it is? Beware. The de-humanising of a group in society is one of the biggest steps toward fascism [Image for illustrative purposes only].

I wonder if this is the reason my story about homeless children being housed in shipping containers didn’t get much of a response – that Tory propaganda has done its job and most people think homeless people are only good for a beating?

If people didn’t object to children being housed in freight boxes, this may explain the reason: They think it’s fine to do more harm to the homeless while pretending to help them.

Am I right? Have homeless people been de-humanised to the point where nobody cares what they suffer – until it happens to them?

A homeless man was kicked and pushed to the ground by a group of men after they “pretended to help” him.

Video footage filmed by one of the attackers shows the 43-year-old victim being shoved in the back and sent flying to the ground in Coventry.

An eyewitness claimed the victim had fallen over drunk and lost one of his shoes before a man “went over and held out his hand to help him up…then kicked him in the back”.

The homeless man was later taken to hospital and had to have stitches in his lips, according to another witness.

Source: Homeless man kicked and pushed to ground after man ‘pretended to help him’ | The Independent

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Lefty journo Owen Jones beaten in ‘blatant premeditated’ assault

Abuse: Here’s James Goddard doing his best to rile Owen Jones.

Left-wing journalist Owen Jones has suffered injuries to his head and back after a “blatant premeditated assault” as he was celebrating his birthday with friends.

Mr Jones, who has reported the incident to the police, tweeted that he was “in no doubt as to what this is”, pointing out that members of the political far right had tried to intimidate him in the past.

Here’s his account:

How cowardly of the attackers – to approach from behind and hit their victim in the back.

He later added: “What happened – to be clear – is they spotted me in the pub, waited for us to leave, and then launched their attack when we were away from the pub – it was planned, not a random attack.”

This attack is symptomatic of a terrifying trend in the UK – possibly provoked by successive Conservative governments that have weakened our police while stoking hatred with divisive rhetoric.

We’ve seen Mr Jones and Anna Soubry (and possibly others) threatened by right-wing demonstrators on College Green, outside Parliament.

We have also seen a rise in intimidating behaviour from groups claiming to represent British Jews; consider the treatment of venues in Brighton that considered hosting Chris Williamson’s recent speech there and remember that Mr Williamson has not been found to have committed any anti-Semitic acts.

Jewish Voice for Labour has called on the Board of Deputies of British Jews to condemn this behaviour but that organisation – which sent representatives to Brighton to protest while Mr Williamson was making his speech (were they responsible for the filming of attendees?) – had not responded at the time of writing.

Who else will be emboldened to threaten the rest of us?

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Apparently Boris Johnson has no problem with his MPs abusing women

Abusive: Mark Field said he acted in the belief that a peaceful, female Greenpeace protester might be about to do violence. But – in this image – who is attacking whom?

Boris Johnson has quietly dropped a cabinet office investigation into the way former Foreign Office minister Mark Field manhandled a protester during the recent Mansion House dinner.

BoJob seems to think the investigation is no longer needed because he sacked Mr Field from his government role last week (he had been suspended by Theresa May shortly after the incident). According to The Guardian:

Boris Johnson has dropped the Whitehall investigation into Mark Field, the Tory MP who was caught on camera manhandling a Greenpeace activist out of a black-tie dinner.

Johnson has sacked Field from his role as a Foreign Office minister since taking over as prime minister and decided that the investigation was no longer needed.

A No 10 spokesman said: “Mark Field has now left the government. The current PM considers this issue was a matter for the previous PM concerning his conduct during his time as a minister under her appointment.”

But there’s just one problem:

Mr Field remains a Conservative MP. Is this

– really what Mr Johnson considers acceptable behaviour among his backbenchers?

I don’t.

If you do, read this to refresh your memory.

Activist Janet Barker, of Builth Wells, said after the MP assaulted her that she would not press charges, but that Mr Field should attend an anger management course:

Bear in mind that Ms Barker revealed that after he shoved her out of the Mansion House, Mr Field said: “This is what happens when people like you disturb our dinner!”

I wrote at the time: “Make no mistake; when this man said “people like you” to Janet Barker, he meant people like you, dear reader.

“He meant members of the general public who are harmed by Tory policies. He thinks your place is to suffer in silence while he and his kind eat slap-up meals, bought by causing that suffering. He is a fairly typical Conservative in that respect.”

I sincerely hope Ms Barker makes a complaint to the police. It isn’t too late!

And will this have an effect on the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election?

We now have further evidence that Tories can’t be trusted to do anything for ordinary people – but will always cover up for their mates.

In Brecon and Radnorshire, convicted criminal Chris Davies is hoping to win back the seat for the Conservatives.

We already know he is corrupt – that’s why he was convicted.

Considering the behaviour of Mr Field – and now Mr Johnson – one hopes voters will draw the obvious conclusion…

And treat the Tories like the abusive thugs they are.

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Brexit supporter who PUNCHED Jeremy Corbyn – he didn’t ‘egg’ the Labour leader – admits assault

Coming up (Labour) roses: Mr Corbyn kept smiling both before and after the ‘egg’ attack at the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park.

Absolutely stunning: The mainstream media is still claiming that Jeremy Corbyn was attacked with an egg when he was punched in the head.

It undermines respect for the British news media.

The evidence was that Mr Corbyn was struck on the right side of his forehead and the culprit – named John Murphy – has admitted assault by beating.

It was not assault by beating an egg.

The Mirror‘s report of Mr Corbyn’s account is telling:

‘Mr Corbyn, who was largely uninjured but left with a red mark, noted Murphy’s face was “contorted” with rage and he appeared “very aggressive”.

‘In a victim impact statement read to court, the Labour leader said: “I was shocked and surprised when the assault occurred as I have always felt safe and secure at the Muslim Welfare House.

‘”The assault was completely unprovoked and threatening.

‘”Whilst I’m determined to make sure I’m able to interact with people as I always have, I now have to be more cautious.

‘”I feel these kinds of attacks drive a wedge between elected representatives and those who elected them in the first place. We are now reviewing and increasing my security protection.”‘

It seems an egg was involved, as Mr Corbyn had to wash it off, but this was a physical assault – not a prank with a food item.

Of course we know Theresa May has been stoking ill-feeling against MPs, encouraging attacks on our elected representatives.

This Site reported on the attack against Lloyd Russell-Moyle last week.

And Mrs May has been reported to the Metropolitan Police for inciting violence against MPs.

Strangely, though, if the violence is against Labour MPs, nobody in the media seems to want to mention it.

UPDATE: Murphy has been sentenced to 28 days in prison. The mainstream media is continuing to play down the attack, despite the discovery of online death threats by Murphy and others.


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Labour MP is attacked as a ‘traitor’ on the street – and blames Theresa May

Campaigning: Mr Russell-Moyle, undeterred by the attack, was out demonstrating with the People’s March.

I said this would happen and I’m not the only one.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has been assaulted on the street while campaigning for a final vote on Brexit. The incident happened on March 21.

The attacker is said to have called Mr Russell-Moyle a “traitor” before grabbing his glasses and trying to hit him.

Coming after prime minister Theresa May’s statement last week, in which she blamed other MPs – such as Mr Russell-Moyle – for the UK’s failure to leave the European Union by the March 29 deadline demanded by her invocation of Article 50, his claim that the attacker was motivated by her words seems logical.

In fact, Mrs May was reported to the police by a fellow member of the left-wing media shortly after she made her statement – for inciting violence against other MPs.

I doubted that the Metropolitan service would take the accusation seriously at the time; perhaps Mr Russell-Moyle’s complaint will encourage senior officers to think again if necessary.


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