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MP's wife faces kitten theft trial

An MP's wife has been committed for crown court trial charged with burgling the home of her husband's lover and stealing a kitten.

Christine Hemming, who is married to Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming, spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth, and address during a four-minute hearing 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 her husband fathered a child in 2005.

The 52-year-old defendant, who was not required to enter a plea, was granted conditional bail to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on February 7.

It is alleged Mrs Hemming burgled Ms Cox's home in Church Road, Moseley, on September 29 and stole a tabby kitten to the value of £20, contrary to the 1968 Theft Act.

Speaking after a previous court appearance in October, Mr Hemming, who was elected as an MP in 2005, appealed for the return of the cat.

After posting a picture of the kitten - named Beauty - on his blog, the Liberal Democrat MP said the animal's brother was pining for her.

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