A parliamentary worker “groped” by a former Conservative MP confided in another woman who worked in Westminster, a court has heard.

Charlie Elphicke, 49, is accused of assaulting the young woman in 2016.

A Westminster worker told Southwark Crown Court that one of his alleged victims had spoken to her, saying “Charlie had acted inappropriately”.

Mr Elphicke, the former Tory MP for Dover, denies three counts of sexual assault.

The witness said the alleged victim was “very nervous” about telling anyone what had happened.

“She was so distraught,” the woman told the court, adding that she asked her to say nothing.

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She also said that in texts the alleged victim said: “It’s a dirty game here.”

Earlier, a statement from a close friend of the parliamentary worker was

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