A former Dragons’ Den star and economic adviser to David Cameron has appeared in court accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Doug Richard worked closely with Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne for several years while they were in opposition.

In 2008 he was made chairman of the Tories’ Small Business Task Force and represented Britain on an international trade mission to Africa after the 2010 election.
In 2011 he went on an official Government trip to Africa and also worked as an adviser to Chancellor George Osborne.
Doug Richard and George Osborne