The wife of a Liberal Democrat MP has been given a nine-month suspended sentence for stealing a kitten from the home of her husband’s lover.
Christine Hemming, 53, whose husband John is MP for Birmingham Yardley, was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of burglary last month.
She was filmed on CCTV removing the kitten, called Beauty, from the Birmingham home of Emily Cox last year.
Hemming was ordered to do 150 hours of community work and pay £1,000 costs.
The kitten, owned by the young daughter the MP had with Ms Cox, has not been found since it was filmed being removed on 29 September 2010.
Hemming, whose sentence is suspended for 12 months, has said she still cannot remember how it came to be in her possession.
She said: “I did not deliberately take the cat.
“I went to the property to give my husband his post. I had no recollection of taking the cat.
“I didn’t realise I had it until I returned to the house and there it was in the back of the car.”
She said she put Beauty over her garden fence and the next day took her to “within 30 metres” of Ms Cox’s home thinking she would find her way back.
The Hemmings met at a party conference in Bridlington and were married in 1981, but their relationship deteriorated from 2004 when details of extramarital “liaisons” involving the MP emerged, the most significant of which was with Ms Cox.
His wife allowed him to continue his relationship with Ms Cox provided he always returned to the family home at night.
But increasingly he spent more and more time with his mistress, who had given birth to his fourth child.
Mr Hemming and Ms Cox were at home at the time the kitten was taken
The details of their “love triangle” were the subject of intense scrutiny during the three-day trial.
Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Hemming expressed his displeasure with the whole affair.
He said: “It’s not good, is it, but none of it was necessarily that good anyway.
“Obviously it’s not a nice situation to be in, nobody would wish it, but that’s the way it is.
“It’s not good for any of my children, but on the other hand she [Mrs Hemming] had to stay out of Emily’s garden.”
The MP added that he did not think details of his private life would overly concern his constituents because they knew of his two relationships in 2010 when he was elected.
“A lot of people knew in 2000. But the reality about it is we move on.”
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