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THE former aide of ousted Reading East MP Rob Wilson has appeared in court charged with a string of rape offences.

Jon Boulton was a speechwriter and media adviser for Mr Wilson, the former Minister for Civil Society, who recently lost his seat in parliament.

It was alleged that Boulton, aged 27 years, raped a 25-year-old woman at a flat in South West London last April. Police arrested on April 16.

Wearing a grey suit and blue tie, he only spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address when he appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court.

Father-of-two Mr Wilson was axed from Parliament in the 2017 snap general election. He lost his seat to Labour's Matt Rodda.

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The website of the former Conservative MP for Reading East, said Boulton helped with 'research, drafting of questions, speech-writing and national media'.

All references to Boulton were recently removed from the site.

Boulton, who went to Queen Mary University of London, had reportedly stopped working for Mr Wilson around the same time of the alleged offences.

Magistrates ruled they could not deal with the case and ordered it to be sent to Kingston Crown Court.

Releasing Boulton on bail Magistrate Laura Boyle said: "These six charges cannot be dealt with in this court they can only be dealt with in the crown court so I am sending you to Kingston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing there on August 8."

Boulton, from Stockwell, south London, is charged with six counts of rape.

He now faces a plea and trial preparation hearing at Kingston Crown Court on 8 August.