David Ruffley MP Woman Beater

Very strange state of affairs..

1. Story has not made the mainstream press. I would have thought the Harperson thing and her Womans issues would have been all over this like a rash.

2. MP Faces no sanction from his party. Hasn't the whip been removed in the past for offences less serious than this?

3. Geoffrey Bloom (formerly of UKIP) referred to women as sluts and although not actually hitting one was pilloried in the press for days afterwards.




http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/politics...ruffley_accepts_caution_for_assault_1_3654049
David Ruffley, a former shadow policing minister, was arrested in March after an altercation at a London flat, which reportedly involved his former partner, the Suffolk artist Wendy Drew.

Police confirmed a caution for common assault had been accepted by a 52-year-old, but the Bury St Edmunds MP has so far maintained his silence on the matter, and was not responding to emails and text messages yesterday.
http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/b..._despite_police_caution_for_assault_1_3657529
In a statement released this morning, its executive committee said Mr Ruffley’s caution following an incident in March had only recently come to its attention.

However, the committee said: “We are satisfied that the matter was thoroughly and appropriately dealt with at the time and that no further action was deemed necessary.

“David Ruffley has been an excellent constituency member of parliament for 17 years and we will continue to work with him and support him in that role.”

It emerged at the weekend that 52-year-old Mr Ruffley had accepted the caution from the Metropolitan Police in March following an incident allegedly involving his then partner Wendy Drew at a London flat.
 
Definite advisable to take a whip off a woman beater.
 

ACAB

LE
Yes, but he's Labour and they are hypocrites so expect business as usual.
 

ACAB

LE
Yes, but he's Tory and they are hypocrites so expect business as usual.

See, Just a civvy, seamless!
 
The story did make national news - The Mail, for one, ran with it last month, and it is picking up coverage again.

The initial coverage seemed to contain the unspoken thought that this may relate to his mental health - the train incident referred to in the first link was thought to be a suicide attempt, although he appears to dispute this. However, his constituency duties were covered, for a time, by a neighbouring Tory MP. While Ruffley doesn't accept that it was a suicide attempt, he concedes that he was suffering from depression, but talks about it as if it were a head cold.

The victim of the assault refuses to comment about it, and her friends have largely kept quiet, making reporting a bit difficult.

I suspect that the initial media concern was that if this became a big issue, costing him his nomination for the next election, he might go and chuck himself under another train, leading to accusations that a man with known mental health issues had been hounded into suicide...

You can see the narrative already - assault incident was, in fact, a cry for help, it went ignored, then someone made the incident an issue, and Ruffley - a known sufferer of depression - was hounded for it, and now he's dead and it's all [insert name of MP/ newspaper/ pressure group]'s fault, and isn't Leveson right about the need to restrain the press...

Even without an MP/1745 to Bury St Edmunds interface, you can imagine how the newsrooms will have wondered whether the story was worth raising in case there is a mental health angle to all of this. Now it's re-appeared, though, quite a few papers and the BBC are running with it.
 
The whole Godfrey Bloom Slut thing was only because most of this country didn't know what the word Slut actually means.

It may also be something to do with the fact that Godfrey Bloom is an incredibly stupid man who is not nearly as funny as he thinks he is.

There is sometimes a quite a narrow line between someone being a 'a bit of a character' and someone who is 'quite strange'. Godfrey Bloom has left no doubt that he has long since crossed that line and left it far behind him.

UKIP did well to get shot of the embarrassing oaf.
 
He might be made The Policing Minister next time around.


Wets.
 
The story did make national news - The Mail, for one, ran with it last month, and it is picking up coverage again.

The initial coverage seemed to contain the unspoken thought that this may relate to his mental health - the train incident referred to in the first link was thought to be a suicide attempt, although he appears to dispute this. However, his constituency duties were covered, for a time, by a neighbouring Tory MP. While Ruffley doesn't accept that it was a suicide attempt, he concedes that he was suffering from depression, but talks about it as if it were a head cold.

The victim of the assault refuses to comment about it, and her friends have largely kept quiet, making reporting a bit difficult.

I suspect that the initial media concern was that if this became a big issue, costing him his nomination for the next election, he might go and chuck himself under another train, leading to accusations that a man with known mental health issues had been hounded into suicide...

You can see the narrative already - assault incident was, in fact, a cry for help, it went ignored, then someone made the incident an issue, and Ruffley - a known sufferer of depression - was hounded for it, and now he's dead and it's all [insert name of MP/ newspaper/ pressure group]'s fault, and isn't Leveson right about the need to restrain the press...

Even without an MP/1745 to Bury St Edmunds interface, you can imagine how the newsrooms will have wondered whether the story was worth raising in case there is a mental health angle to all of this. Now it's re-appeared, though, quite a few papers and the BBC are running with it.

Well that explanation does put rather another slant on it. But surprised he retains the support of the local constituency party. Wonder why didn't they just ask him to quietly stand aside at the next election.

It seems the party has run out of sympathy now anyway..

http://order-order.com/2014/07/24/ruffley-referred-to-chief-whip/
 
Now it's being picked up by the mainstream media, it was always going to land on Gove's desk.

I'd guess that the local party didn't know how to handle it and rather than ask Central Office (is it still called that?) for help, they simply carried on as if nothing had happened .

I think we should be prepared to see an announcement either that

a.) He realises that there are unresolved health issues and he is not going to seek election in 2015, but will work tirelessly to support the govt

or

b.) That he realises that there are still some unresolved mental health issues which have affected his temper; that he's shocked by his behaviour and is seeking professional help; appreciates the unwavering support of the local party and his colleagues; hopes that his past record shows that he deprecates domestic violence and there is no-one more appalled at what happened than him; and that he hopes that his ex accepts his unreserved apology [accompanied by suggestions that she doesn't deserve him, is a wonderful woman, etc, etc].
 
Now it's being picked up by the mainstream media, it was always going to land on Gove's desk.

I'd guess that the local party didn't know how to handle it and rather than ask Central Office (is it still called that?) for help, they simply carried on as if nothing had happened .

I think we should be prepared to see an announcement either that

a.) He realises that there are unresolved health issues and he is not going to seek election in 2015, but will work tirelessly to support the govt

or

b.) That he realises that there are still some unresolved mental health issues which have affected his temper; that he's shocked by his behaviour and is seeking professional help; appreciates the unwavering support of the local party and his colleagues; hopes that his past record shows that he deprecates domestic violence and there is no-one more appalled at what happened than him; and that he hopes that his ex accepts his unreserved apology [accompanied by suggestions that she doesn't deserve him, is a wonderful woman, etc, etc].

Or the third option which seems so popular these days (usually amongst disgraced ministers) which is to stick fingers in ears and ignore everything, seeking the support of the PM until such time as the press reaction becomes so intense they have no other option but to go anyway.
 
Who gives a 4x, woman beating is mandated as a duty by the religion of peace and we are a multi-culti society, so why all the fuss? ( typed with a copy of the Koran under my arm so I don't press too hard on the keys).
 

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