Labour’s shadow minister for domestic violence was once cautioned over a bust-up with her husband after hitting him with a framed painting
- Rotherham MP Sarah Champion was arrested after the incident in 2007
- She describes it as ‘slight altercation’ with then husband Graham Hoyland
- The director of the family charity Men’s Aid has called for her resignation
Labour’s shadow minister for domestic abuse was once arrested and cautioned nearly a decade ago over a violent bust-up with her husband.
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion, 47, is understood to have hit her then husband Graham Hoyland, 59, with a framed painting during a heated argument over their divorce.
The incident in 2007 saw police officers arrest the couple at their £460,000, family home in leafy Chapel-en-Frith, Derbyshire, and took them in to police custody.
MP’s arrest over row with ex-husband
The Labour MP and domestic abuse campaigner Sarah Champion has spoken of her regret over a violent altercation with her former husband.
The shadow minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence was arrested and put in a police cell accused of assault after the row with Graham Hoyland about selling their home.
Ms Champion, who is due to chair a debate at the party conference today on ending violence against women and girls, said that they had a disagreement about a painting at their Derbyshire home in 2007. They were in the throes of a divorce, she said, and claimed her husband pinned her against a wall. The MP, 46, said that the argument was the culmination of months of tension in their marriage. She said: “I’m not proud of what happened and I accept I was in the wrong but I have nothing to hide. I lost control after being provoked for years and for that I am sorry but I felt extremely vulnerable at that moment.