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David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

28 July 2014

8:00 PM

28 July 2014

8:00 PM

David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the story about him being cautioned by the police following a domestic incident with his partner going from being a local story to a national one, driven in large part by the indefatigable Guido Fawkes.

Ruffley’s decision to resign has spared the Conservatives what would have been a difficult decision. On the one hand, there was the issue of domestic violence and its total unacceptability. On the other, there was the duty of care that the party owed an MP who has had some difficulties in the past few years. But the new chief whip Michael Gove has handled the issue adroitly and come up with the best possible solution to a very difficult problem.

Ruffley is a sharp analyst of politics and, in particular, the court politics of Westminster. He is also one of the most tenacious questioners on the Treasury Select Committee. But in his case, the personal has become political and there was no alternative other than for him to stand aside from the career that he loves.


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  • Will

    So….almost two weeks in from Ruffley’s Resignation and the only word from the local party has been a Borough Councillor who believes that Ruffley should stay in his seat until May 2015, and collect his tax-free pieces of silver for ‘retiring at the next election’. The only reason that is proposed is simply because he was a good MP and ‘he deserves it’. The only other party figure to comment was one of our MEPs who assiduously avoided the question of whether Ruffley should resign with immediate effect or not.

    It is shaming as a constituent of Ruffley’s to listen to the silence generated by the local Tory group in the face of domestic violence. Much better to assume the locals are idiots, that they will believe the (female) PR company put in charge to find a new candidate, and to allow us to forget what Ruffley has done, no doubt helped by the fact that Parliament is in recess at the moment.

    After all it’s only 10 months or so to the election and it’s much better to have only one local election in that period, rather than deal with the effects of a public figure accepting a caution for assault in the context of domestic violence.

  • Will

    As a constituent of Ruffley’s I am glad he’s not standing.
    What I would also like is a by-election so that he doesn’t hang on to his job to collect his £30k tax-free ‘severance pay’ for standing down at an election.

    First he violently abuses his partner, then he shafts his electors.
    This is the modern way, and I (mistakenly) thought Ruffley had principles.

    David Ruffley needs help to control his anger and his personality, and it is good that he’s getting the opportunity and time to do this. What we, as people of Bury St Edmunds want, is to make that sooner rather than later.

  • Gwangi

    And yet and yet – all the political parties pander to religious cultural groups whose right to beat their wives is enshrined in their religious laws and is recommend up and down this country daily by imams…
    The definition of ‘abuse’ and ‘assault’ are now so far wide as to make the law an joke.
    Plus, most violence by women against men and children is ignored, and their provocation in such cases.
    Meanwhile, MPs who have been found guilty of fraud (Vaz etc) get to stay and build profitable careers. And women MPs who slap men and throw glasses of wine in the faces of men too get portrayed as role models and not the abusive assaulters they actually are.
    The law is riddled with gender discrimination against men, as are the police, so keen to show how pro-women and pro-ethnic they are, they turn a blind eye to REAL abuse by Muslims and women, and instead arrest any man who raises his voice.
    MAN WORLD (jn the UK at least).

  • Denis_Cooper

    There’s a petition with over 40,000 signatures calling for him to resign immediately, which might be better, but it isn’t restricted to registered electors in his constituency as a recall petition would be. The question is whether he should go immediately or he should be allowed to continue until next May, and that should be decided within his constituency by those he is supposed to represent.

    • Wessex Man

      Should be sacked now.

  • Lady Magdalene

    So the Conservative Party is content to have a man who attacked a woman as an elected representative.
    Remind me what they said about UKIP members (not even elected representatives) who SAID something which the self-appointed guardians of our morals disapproved of?
    This is a disgraceful decision by a party that is terrified of facing the electorate.

    • Patrick Mooney

      UKIP candidates are a joke.

      • Denis_Cooper

        While most Tory candidates don’t even believe in the sovereignty of the Parliament to which they aspire and are therefore unfit to be MPs.

      • Wessex Man

        Not as bad a joke as violent parters who happen to be Tory boys!

  • Barry

    If Ruffley were a LibDem MP there’d be no problem.

    • Wessex Man

      Well there should be and if you think there’s no problem it would make you a perfect choice as a candidate for the scumbag Tories!

      • Barry

        I’m sorry you couldn’t understand my post. Please try again, it’s not difficult.

        • Wessex Man

          If I mistook your post it was because I’m just a tad annnoyed that we have another clown from the Westmister Village to go along with an ever growing band of them showing us just what scumbags they are. With the campaign carried out against UKip leading up to the Euro Election I hope the trash press and media give them as bad a time but somehow doubt it!

  • Gwangi

    Yet more demonising of men by a feminist campaign to hurt as many non-women as possible. Ditto for the paedomania paranoia that has made all men automatic suspects of, well, everything who constantly have to try and prove their innocence to show they’re not perverts, raypists, domestic abusers etc.
    Perhaps women should remember that their sweet little sons will become men – so branded paedos, abusers, nasties – and will thus live their lives in our abnormal, perverted, sick country constantly having to show they are innocent (though they’d never do anything as sick as actually kiss or hold their own children in public of course). I pity our sons having to grow up in such a sad, pathetic and sick gyne-ocracy.
    And just for the record, 46% of domestic violence is done against men, and is mostly unreported. Meanwhile the police, keen to boost arrest stats in days of falling crime (internationally, not just here) and to show how right-on and pc they are, throw all resources and time into arresting men for non-crimes online or for domestic tiffs.
    Let’s see some gender equality. More women should be arrested for the abuse they inflict on men AND on children – most violence against kids is done by women and most children who are killed are killed by women too. Though you wouldn’t hink it from our media and the images we see (always poor wickle woman covering under nasty dark man shadow evil paedo fiend).
    INSTITUTIONAL MISANDRY.

    • Wessex Man

      You are as sad as him!

      • Gwangi

        Stop talking to yourself, loony.

        • Wessex Man

          Yet more deflection tactics from a sad Tory, now that we know there was no letter, I’d rather you think me a loony and know i’m not while I also know you are a lying Tory scumbag!

          • Gwangi

            Now whoever said I was a Tory? Oh no wait – that is your straw man argument poking up yourself, son.
            I am an independent thinker on all issues and not a member of any party. Of course, leftwing bigots will, in their attempts at bullying and intimidation, call me names – their favourites are ‘right wing’, ‘Ukippper’, ‘waycist’, ‘Islamophobe’, ‘misogynist’. but ALL those abusive insults always say far more about their amorality and lack of intellect than about my political prejudices.
            Quite sweet really, the way pompous idiots like you fail miserably in your attempts to win political debates, so resort to the equivalent of poking up your tongue and stamping your feet like a toddler bawling TORY SCMBAG etc etc etc.

  • Diggery Whiggery

    Isn’t this the guy who flipped his lid in a treasury committee hearing on the ratings agencies? I believe he asked the same daft question twice, no-one could answer it because it didn’t make sense and so he threw his toys out of the pram and stormed out. He’s an embarrassment to the Tory party but then again is many a Tory MP.

    • Patrick Mooney

      They are infinitely better than the loony, incompetent UKIP candidates.

      • Denis_Cooper

        At least you know where you are with a UKIP candidate, you know that he won’t betray you to the EU as lying treacherous Tory candidates have done for the past half century and will continue to do in the future.

      • Diggery Whiggery

        Who mentioned UKIP?

        • Wessex Man

          Patrick Mooney did in a typical lying tory manoeuvre to try and deflect attenion, doesn’t work anymore!

      • Wessex Man

        Please give me some examples of lonny, incompetent Ukip candidates, surnames will do.

  • Liz

    Stand down – at the next election.

    Not sacked mind you. No you have to assault a bloke in the Commons bar for that type of thing.

    Who said the Tories had a woman problem?

  • Liz

    Now can his defender and total moron Victorian Dad, Bernard Sergeant step down? He’s a one man election loser.

  • cambridgeelephant

    I don’t think the world will ever be the same.

    And you know what ? I had actually heard of David Ruffley. I have no idea in what context. But I had actually heard of him. Incredible !

  • the viceroy’s gin

    It’s getting difficult to understand Cameroonian moral standards .

    Previously, the Cameroons have excused a multiply-accused rapist, who only barely escaped criminal conviction for his crimes. This deviant was then welcomed back lovingly into the Camerloonian fold. They really don’t mind such conduct, apparently.

    But now, they’re hounding this latest guy out of office, based upon no criminal charges, no trials, no (almost) convictions, nothing. And he didn’t rape anybody, by all accounts.

    The degree of lawlessness displayed by this new guy is nowhere near that demonstrated by the multiply-accused rapist, as the criminal charges filed clearly demonstrate, and yet the Camerloons easily forgive the first and go arm-waving berserk over the far-milder second. Can any of you Camerluvvies decode the process by which you select which potential crimes merit your sanction?

    • HookesLaw

      I thought accused people were innocent until proved guilty. And he was so, quite convincingly. I suppose you don’t name the man because we would all laugh in your face at the absurdity of your claims.
      ? Its you that’s sic.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        It’s amusing how the Camerloon views lack of criminal conviction as the standard for Camerloonian service. Criminal indictment for multiple rapes? No problem, for the Camerloons.

        Actually, it’s not amusing. It’s part of the decay that is the Camerloons.

        But there’s till the confusion as to how you Camerloons choose to apply your moral standards , lad. Give that a shot.

      • Liz

        Yes, and accepting a caution for assaulting your girlfriend is a good indication that you’ve met the criteria for guilt.

        • HookesLaw

          Yes. Did I say otherwise?

        • Gwangi

          No it is not. You are too thick to understand how the criminal justice system works.
          Imagine the scene. Liz the manhating femi-loon gets angry with a non-woman who dares to state the fact that almost half domestic violence is done by women. She gets so menstral that she throws a glass of wine at the face of the nasty truth-telling male (as Herr Harman and others have done to men over the years, the femi-abusers!). Then IF the police act in a gender-blind way, Liz is arrested for assault.
          At the station, a teary Liz, trying to play the poor wickle femi-victim for all she’s worth (as most women do), is offered a choice: either plead not-guilty and face a crown court trial, months of stress and expense, and publicity too; or just accept a caution.
          To say all who accept a caution accept their guilt is simpl;y untrue. People make judgements based on legal advice on the best course of action at the time – as Charles Saatchi did when he and his wife (equally to blame) had a tiff in public.
          And Lizzy, I am 100% sure if the person cautioned had been the woman and the male MP had been the one ‘assaulted’, then you would be making excuses for the woman and saying the exact reverse of what you are saying now. Misandrist.

          • Wessex Man

            oh for heavens sake you are as pathetic as Hooky babe.

          • Colonel Mustard

            The incident was classified as a common assault which is still part of a dual offence described as assault and battery. The assault, often misinterpreted, is committed by a person who causes another person to apprehend the immediate use of unlawful violence. This could be the raising of a fist, even hammering on the door of a room in which the apprehensive person is sheltering. The battery is the physical attack. In reality common assault could be inferred when one person grabs the arm of another as that person is attempting to leave the scene of an argument.

            As far as I know the actual details of this incident have not been made public. We don’t know the police part in this or how they dealt with the incident apart from the outcome.

            The incident is being used by lobby groups and the Labour party to broaden the criteria of “domestic abuse” with a clear inference of protecting women rather than men. Whereas the current offence of common assault is “gender blind” Labour and the vested interest lobby groups once more wish to legislate for identity groups and bring complexity where existing law, if properly enforced and prosecuted, is already fit for purpose.

            Some degree of the extent of public interest where it has not been whipped up to serve a political purpose can be gauged from this petition:-

            http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38620

            If one believes in the rehabilitation of offenders and that a person has paid his due to society once punished then there is no logical reason to bar a person from standing for election who has a criminal record. In some ways it might provide a better and more practical understanding of the justice system in parliament. If one takes the Labour party premise of representing identity groups to logical extremes then the convict population should also be represented since it is an integral part of our society.

            • Gwangi

              Thank you for that intelligent and informative post. The silly woman who wants ALL men to get records is aiming to get the women’s vote and in thrall to manhating women’s pity party groups. The example was given of a man who, after being provoked and verbally mocked by a woman, breaks of a car’s wing mirror in anger. He agrees to pay for it. WHY should that man get a criminal record because some self-interested politician demands it for her own selfish reasons?

              Yep, someone banging on a door can be done for assault. What kind of country IS this?

              Meanwhile thousands of women abuse men and children every year and get away scott free – and many more deliberately provoke men into attacking them by years of demeaning and belittling abuse.

              Maybe we need gender equality targets to arrest more women. Most child abuse is done by them, after all.

          • Liz

            If you stop hating yourself so much you might stop hating women so much and then who knows you might find a woman with low enough self esteem to go on a date with you.

            • Colonel Mustard

              Reading your comments here one cannot escape the conclusion that you hate men.

              • Gwangi

                Isn’t that like calling Hitler a little bit prejudiced against Jews?

            • Gwangi

              Listen man-hating loon – if the woman had been cautioned for assault you’d be defending her and blaming the man, YOU KNOW YOU WOULD. Because you are a classic manhating feminut with deep psychological problems with men. What worries me is that there are many bints out there just as deranged as you bringing up little boys.

              And typically, like all feminut misandrists, and many women come to that, your ONLY line of defence and attack is ad hominem, and focused entirely on demeaning, belittling and mocking a man by claiming he hasn’t got a girlfriend (what next – an accusation I have a small willy). Pathetic!

          • StephanieJCW

            He accepted a caution – it is a fair indication of guilt.

            If he did nothing wrong then more fool him for accepting the caution.

            • Gwangi

              No it is NOT a fair indication of guilt at all. It is a decision based on legal advice that that is the best option. Plenty of people accept convictions to avoid a trial even if they still consider themselves innocent. But as we live in a made country where sending a couple of emails, stating an opinion on Facebook or Twitter, or slapping your partner back when they slap/provoke you can get you arrested, many innocent men accept cautions every year. Acepting one is NOT a guilty plea.

            • Colonel Mustard

              I remain far from convinced that police cautions are being issued in strict compliance with the criterion that the quality of the evidence must be sufficient to give a realistic prospect of conviction. In this case it seems extraordinary that since the girlfriend did not wish to pursue a formal charge that criterion could have been met. An attempted prosecution would have foundered for lack of complaint so could not have had a reasonable prospect of conviction.

              The line “If you don’t accept a caution you might be prosecuted” is intimidating, a form of coercion and dependent upon the actual facts of a case and the evidence might itself be a criminal offence. Parliament and the police do not seem to understand this because they have both made a leap of faith in the way policing is conducted to put it above the rule of law as an arm of state policy. The direction of travel is dangerous.

              The history of police cautions is long but it has been gradually and increasingly formalised from its origin as a simple exercise of the police constable’s discretion. In terms of actual guilt I would not make it a subject of absolute trust any more than a coerced confession. That is usually subject to testing in court, the police caution is not.

              • Gwangi

                Spot-on! The fear that if a caution is not accepted, a highly embarrassing trial might ensue which may put the person pleading not guilty in prison is a real one – so many thousands are basically blackmailed into accepting cautions every year, and the police get more stats to help meet their targets.
                And people wonder why I’d never trust the police…
                BTW this man gets a caution despite the fact he and his ex had sorted it out. That shows the police abusing their powers./ They should have left them alone.
                Meanwhile, a woman locally who shut a baby in a car is heatwave temperatures risking its life gets – yep – a caution. That stupid bint could have killed that child!
                The law is way too lenient on women and too hard on men. GENDER EQUALITY is what we need, to ensure women get treated as harshly as men. Any feminists agree? (PS Not holding my breath, sisters…)

                • Wessex Man

                  I would imagine that most people don’t care if you never trust the police or not.

                  A cauntion was given for what now turns out to be a lot more violent incident than you would have us believe which is confirmed by Steerpike’s “The mysterious case of David Ruffley’s missing letter.” which appeared after this article.

                  You according to that article by stating they have ‘sorted it out’ are a liar or a usual fool or you just make thing up in your head.

                • Gwangi

                  And you think I care what a turd like you think?
                  PEOPLE in the UK have lost and are losing trust in our police – whose behaviour seems more geared to creating a diverse and pc image, pandering to minorities and feminists, and hitting arrest targets in an age of falling crime than anything else. How many people trust the police these days? 50%? 30%?
                  A caution is offered to those of good character. A man can be arrested for ‘assault’ by knocking on a door! You are ignorant and an utter fool. READ SOME CASE HISTORIES. We all think assault means beating someone up – oh no it does not. Same as ‘abuse’ has such a wide definition these days as to make the claim meaningless.
                  In most cases, my experience of domestic ‘abuse’ or arguments is that it is 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Bothe sides are usually at fault. There are the exceptional cases of very violent men who beat up women (who are attracted to rough tough bullying men who beat up other men…) YOU MAKES YOUR BED…

                • Wessex Man

                  This turd thinks you a a bigger turd with a chip on your sdhoulder larger than your brain as has been proved on various threads here on these blogs.

                  I would despite the bad apples that have been exposed over the years still trust the Police more than our friends at Westminster and a Psycopath like you, you seem to fit quite a few of the Hare checks of Psychpathic traits!

                  You need help!

                • Gwangi

                  Well, all I can say is GOOD LUCK in your GCSEs, son. You’ll need it.
                  You should be arrested for the sheer level of your ignorance and stupidity. But hey, your probably of police cadet level. Ever thought of joining the force? Then you’d be with your thickie own and would feel right at home eh?

        • Wessex Man

          and now we learn on another thread that there was no letter, he such be sacked from the Tory sleazebag Party!

      • Wessex Man

        Hur hur hur, that’s never been a problem for you Hooky babe when tryibng to paint all things UKip bad!

  • Michael H Kenyon

    Glad to see someone has the integrity to resign for a change. Would that a few others had done so during this Parliament. People might respect the Government more if they had done so.

    • PeterGriffiths

      Integrity? He hung on for as long as he possibly could, with the tacit backing of the Conservative Party, parliamentary and local. Shades of Maria Miller.

    • HookesLaw

      He has not resigned he is just not standing for parliament again.
      It is of course easy to come all puritanical about assaults such as this, and it may be justified, but we do not know the circumstances. We do not know of any subsequent repentance or forgiveness.
      In any event the issue of duty of care is an important one. Anyone who has doubts aboiut this should ask Ed Miliband’s press officer and Alistair Campbell.

      Certainly if Mr Ruffley has ‘problems’ then he is wise to stand down.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …unless it’s a problem of raping people, which apparently isn’t a problem at all for the Camerloons.

        • HookesLaw

          I have already pointed out your own sad pathetic lunacy.

          How is the Grand Wizard by the way and how DO you keep those fiery crosses burning?

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …is that some sort of Camerloonian code again, lad? Can you translate that so we can figure out how you absolved the multiply-accused rapist?

            • Ooh!MePurse!

              To whom do you refer?

              • the viceroy’s gin

                …you Camerloons and the multiply-accused rapist you lovingly embrace.

                • Wessex Man

                  Thwey are certainly showing their true colours now, mostly black and blue!

              • HookesLaw

                He won’t because we will know how sad and mad he is. And he is mad of course.

                • the viceroy’s gin

                  …and speaking of loving embracers of multiply-accused rapists…

                • Wessex Man

                  We now know thanks to Steerpike’s Thread “the mysterious case of David Ruffley’s missing Letter.” that there was no letter, so come on Hooky babe and Gwangi spin your way out of that and along the way apologise to Liz!

          • Wessex Man

            My word! with every post here you show just how low you and he Tory Party has sunk!

  • perdix

    So cyber-bully Guido, the Irish republican/anarchist has got his way. Methinks it was little to do with the moral stance rather than to stir up trouble.

    • Wessex Man

      methinks you are a Tory boy apologist!

  • George Scoresby

    So what does it tell us about Gove? Stupid headline.

    Actually, the headline turns out to be Guido’s – so silly Guido headline.

  • WatTylersGhost

    Seems like Michael Gove is happy for the good people of Bury St Edmunds to be served by men who abuse women. That’s the modern Tory Party for you.

    The man must resign his seat and a by-election called.

    • telemachus

      Cannot do that
      Too much danger from UKIP
      Tories are not good on moral principles

      • Michael Ernest Corby

        As a UKIP member i can recognise that the tories would be crazy to have an election now at Bury St Edmonds – Labour had the same policy.

        • perdix

          Vote ukip get Miliband.

          • Wessex Man

            Votwe tory split our Ukip vote and get Miliband!

        • Sceptaphilia

          This isn’t about a by election. Its about not standing in 2015. My god…..no wonder po!iticians think that they can get away with anything

      • Dougie

        Remind me. How many times did Eric Joyce have his collar felt for violence before Labour decided he had to go?

    • Holly

      Gove has NOTHING to do with who the good people of Bury St Edmunds elect.

    • Michael Ernest Corby

      rubbish there will be a general election soon anyway – also R has had his problems and needs help.

      • Alexsandr

        the tories will be punished. Who will give me odds for a UKIP member for Bury St Ed.?
        Umm. 2 kippers on the local council.

        (I dont understand why he cant apply for the Chiltern Hundreds tomorrow. He is just a lame duck now)

        • Ooh!MePurse!

          There will not be any Ukip Members of Parliament.

        • Sceptaphilia

          I will …I like taking money from know nothing fools

      • Airey Belvoir

        A friend made the unfortunate remark of the month after Ruffley jumped in front of a train, when he praised the people “who had helped him get back on track.”

    • Ooh!MePurse!

      Do you support Labour?

      • Wessex Man

        Do you have a brain?

    • Sceptaphilia

      Well he hs hasn’t he you idiot. Quite how you equate the pause to being support is beyond me

    • Demon Teddy Bear

      Sounds like you don’t care anything about “abusing women” so much as using them for cheap political points. Hypocrite.

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