There are a lot of ways you can upset your constituents if you’re an MP. You could for example not bother to hold surgeries, you could say something indiscreet about your constituency in the press, or you can just go the whole hog and pull a Pelling.
Yes the man who apparently left his wife of 14 years whilst she was visiting her dying father abroad, was earlier this week arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pregnant 26-year-old wife (who incidentally is the woman he left his previous wife for). Nothing has been proven yet of course but then, that doesn’t really matter – as I’ve said before, in politics image is perception and perception is reality. And the image here is a man who left his wife in the worst possible circumstances for another woman who “can’t go into any details because [she doesn’t] want to prejudice a possible court case.”
In the eye of the contemporary beholder, guilt – viewed through the prism of the media – is a matter of perception.