Week 30: Villain – David Ruffley MP

by Jackie_South on July 27, 2014

Tory_VillainThis week, we are bestowing our award for the greatest villain of the week on the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bury St Edmunds, David Ruffley

This week, it was revealed that David Ruffley MP had been cautioned by the police for assaulting his partner back in March. The dean of the local cathedral met the woman after the incident, and has said that she was left “wincing in pain” as a consequences of the assault. The dean, Frances Ward, has written to Ruffley stating that his continuing political career is “untenable”.

Ruffley has tried to squirm his way out of it. Apparently, he described the incident to the dean as a “little local incident”. He made a more public apology this week, but the ‘regret’ seemed all too formulaic “In March this year, an incident occurred between me and my former partner, resulting in inappropriate action on my part, which I deeply regret”.

Particularly galling were his attempts to get the media to drop the story:
“I am pleased to be able to say that she has accepted my apology. I have refrained from making any public statement on this matter as it is a deeply personal matter. It is my understanding that my former partner wishes the incident to remain private…  I now ask that her privacy be respected.”

Yes, all heart our Mr Ruffley – he only wants the heat off his back for the sake of his former partner.

There is never any justification for domestic abuse. Mr Ruffley is unfit to remain a Member of Parliament. End of.

Rather than using the survivor of his abuse as a human shield to save his career, he should do the decent thing and resign.

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Mike Killingworth July 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I do hope he wrote that weaselling himself, and that the whips didn’t write it for him…


(Prof) Mark Lilly July 28, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Surely I am not alone in thinking it sickeningly ironic that a bigoted supernaturalist anti-Enlightenment representative of one of Europe’s leading homophobic organizations should be dishing out instructions to public figures, telling them their situation is ‘untenable’.


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