MP's wife faces kitten theft trial
An MP's wife has appeared before magistrates charged with burgling the house of her husband's lover and stealing a tabby kitten worth £20.
Christine Margaret Hemming, wife of Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming, was not required to enter a plea during a brief appearance at the city's magistrates' court.
Mrs Hemming, of Moseley, Birmingham, is alleged to have burgled the home of Emily Cox, a researcher with whom the MP fathered a child in 2005.
The burglary is alleged to have been committed, contrary to the 1968 Theft Act, at night on September 29.
Magistrates were given a brief outline of the alleged facts in the case and committed Mrs Hemming, 52, for crown court trial.
The Lib Dem MP's spouse was granted conditional bail and will reappear before magistrates for a committal hearing on December 16.
Mr Hemming, who was elected as an MP in 2005, was unavailable for comment.