Tory MP Danny Kruger has been charged with allowing his pet Jack Russell to chase a large herd of deer in Richmond Park.
The MP for Devizes, Wiltshire, was due to appear on bail at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday but the case was adjourned in his absence until May 24.
Mr Kruger, 46, is charged that without written permission from the Secretary of State, he permitted his dog to chase, worry or injure a large herd of fallow deer on March 20 at Richmond Park.
Danny Kruger, 46, the MP for Devizes, Wiltshire, has been charged with allowing his pet Jack Russell (pictured) to chase a large herd of deer in Richmond Park
The charge was brought under the Royal Parks and Other Open spaces Regulations.
The application to adjourn the case was made by his defence solicitor before Monday and there was no objection from the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Eton-educated MP, whose mother is Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, studied history at the University of Oxford, where he obtained a doctorate and the University of Edinburgh.
He is a former policy advisor to the Conservative Party, having worked at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank.
He is charged that without written permission from the Secretary of State, he permitted his dog to chase a herd of fallow deer on March 20 at Richmond Park (pictured: Red deer stag)
In August 2019, the Tory Devizes MP became PM Boris Johnson's political secretary - a key aide who acts as the Prime Minister's troubleshooter.
Mr Kruger is a former speechwriter to David Cameron and dreamt up the famous 'hug a hoodie' line and a member of a free-market think-tank, the Legatum Institute.
The MP was awarded an MBE for youth crime prevention charity work via Only Connect, an organisation which he founded.
Mr Kruger is the son of Prue and her late husband Rayne Kruger, who died in December 2002, aged 80.
He has been the Conservative Party MP for Devizes since 2019.