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Sick leave MP's return speech

PUBLISHED: 17:49 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

AN MP has spoken in Parliament for the first time in a year after spending eight months off work with depression after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife. MP for Croydon Central, Andrew Pelling, from Bromley, spoke up during a debate in

AN MP has spoken in Parliament for the first time in a year after spending eight months off work with depression after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his wife.

MP for Croydon Central, Andrew Pelling, from Bromley, spoke up during a debate in Westminster on Thursday.

He has previously attended votes but had not spoken during them.

Mr Pelling was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pregnant wife Lucy last September and in January announced that he would be going on sick leave to battle clinical depression.

After a police investigation, he was not charged with the offence.

During his absence, his constituents were left unrepresented, with MP for Croydon South Richard Ottaway taking over his enquiries.

He is due to start his constituency surgeries again in the near future.

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