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MP John Hemming's wife denies stealing kitten

Christine Hemming
Image caption Christine Hemming denies stealing a kitten from her husband's mistress

The wife of Birmingham Yardley MP John Hemming is to stand trial for burglary and stealing a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

Christine Hemming, from Moseley, pleaded not guilty at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

The 52-year-old wife of the Liberal Democrat MP apologised for the cost of the proceedings on the public purse.

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

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

Mrs Hemming's trial has been set for 21 June.

Her husband has posted a picture of the cat, called Beauty, on his website.

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