MP John Hemming's wife faces cat burglary trial

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A picture of tabby cat Beauty was posted on John Hemming's blog

An MP's wife has been committed for trial in Birmingham accused of burgling the house of her husband's lover and stealing a kitten.

Christine Hemming, 52, wife of Yardley Lib Dem MP John Hemming, was not required to enter a plea before Birmingham magistrates.

She was given conditional bail to appear at crown court on 7 February.

She is charged with burgling the home of researcher Emily Cox, with whom Mr Hemming fathered a child in 2005.

The burglary is said to have taken place on 29 September.

Mrs Hemming, of Moseley, Birmingham, will be tried at the city's crown court.

Mr Hemming had posted a picture of the missing tabby cat called Beauty on his website and offered a reward for its return.

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