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Lord Prior's lover allegedly broke into his London flat and daubed pigs' blood on wall

PUBLISHED: 08:19 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:46 15 June 2018

David Prior, was made Lord Prior of Brampton in 2015. 
Photo: Bill Smith

David Prior, was made Lord Prior of Brampton in 2015. Photo: Bill Smith

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The secret lover of a Norfolk lord allegedly entered his London flat and daubed insults on the wall in pigs’ blood, a court has heard.

David Prior is the former chairman of the Care Quality Commission. Photo: PA WireDavid Prior is the former chairman of the Care Quality Commission. Photo: PA Wire

Lizzie Purbrick, from Wells-next-the Sea, is accused of burgling the flat of former North Norfolk MP David Prior with intent to do unlawful damage.

Ms Purbrick, 63, a former Olympic showjumper, appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court in London on Tuesday where she denied the charge.

Her solicitor Simon Nicholls said: “It is said she has gone to her ex-lover’s flat in London with two pints of pigs’ blood and daubed the walls with words and symbols,” The Sun reported.

“Lord Prior is the complainant and the address is the location where they would meet.”

The alleged incident happened on May 9 at Lord Prior’s flat in Kennington, South London.

Lord Prior of Brampton, a Conservative peer has been married for 31 years.

He served as a health minister in the Coalition Government.

Before that he was chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and chairman of the Care Quality Commission.

Lord Prior, from Swannington, was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from December 2016 to October 2017.

The case is expected to go to trial in July at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court.

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