Hemming in the headlines

The London Evening Standard reports:

The wife of an MP was today charged with burgling the home of her husband’s ex-lover and stealing a kitten.

Christine Hemming, wife of John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, is alleged to have raided the home of Emily Cox, a researcher by whom Mr Hemming fathered a child in 2005. Mrs Hemming, 52, of Moseley, Birmingham, was not required to enter a plea during a brief appearance at the city’s magistrates’ court.

She was granted bail and committed for trial at crown court over the alleged burglary on the night of September 29. Her husband, who was elected in 2005, was unavailable for comment.

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7 Comments

  • The only thing I care about is the kitten which another story implied had simply been thrown into the wild. If this is true the lady in question is fortunate that it was not my kitten.

    I would be REALLY upset.

  • I love the “You might also like” link to Jason Kitkat!

  • Goodness, can’t Lib Dem HQ send some instructions to male Lib Dem MPs telling them to keep their strides on!!
    Hemming, Oaten, Hancock – how many more?! I guess we could blame Paddy for setting a bad example …..

  • toryboysnevergrowup 22nd Oct '10 - 1:08pm

    I appreciate that you trying to demonstrate balance in the reporting of the private affairs of all MPs including LibDems – but sureley the right thing is to leave all such gutter journalism to the likes of the Evening Standard regardless of the target?

  • Ben Cadwallader 22nd Oct '10 - 2:45pm

    Mrs Hemming has admitted to taking the kitten in question- here’s the latest on it from the Birmingham Mail (so straight from the lazy journalism of a Birmingham rag that features this as a front page story (!) rather than the slant from the capital’s favourite right-wing rag!)-

    http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/10/22/john-hemming-s-wife-admits-to-stealing-kitten-97319-27523955/

    There’s also a reward for the kittens return. Quote from John Hemming-

    ‘‘Beauty has a brother called Twinkle who is pining for her, as is Isabel.

    “I know this is a dream story for newspapers: the MP, his wife, his girlfriend and a kitten – but it is very serious because there is a kitten missing out there.”

    This really is a bit of a non-story isn’t it?!!

  • Foregone Conclusion 22nd Oct '10 - 4:44pm

    Have a heart! Poor Twinkle is pining. Pining!

  • “Now is the time to steal the cat, steal the cat”

    [To the tune of Ilkley Moor]

    Hope the kitten turns up though.

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