July 23rd, 2014

Gove Dragged Into Ruffley Assault Rap
Dean Tells Chief Whip Violent MP Must Resign

Michael Gove faces his first major test as Chief Whip after the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral appealed to him over the David Ruffley debacle. The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward has written to Ruffley, telling him “your position is untenable”, copying the letter to a number of senior local Tory figures, the Chief Whip and Lord Tebbit. Dr Ward recounts a damning conversation she had with Ruffley over the phone last week, revealing Ruffley tried to blame the victim for his violent assault:

“You tried to convince me that in the ‘incident’ back in March there was blame on both sides. When I visited ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ in March a day or so after the event and went to hug her as my usual greeting, she winced in obvious pain. She told me as a friend and her priest of the events of the evening that had led to your arrest, and how frightened she had been of your rage and violent behaviour.”

Click below to read the letter in full:

The Dean is one of the most influential figures in Bury St Edmunds, so her intervention will concern the local and central party. Greg Hands wouldn’t put up with this…


  1. 1
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Bloody hell!

    Is that a woman Dean?

  2. 2
    Glyn H says:

    Ruffley should have resigned after the train incident. It showed he was quite unsuitable to be an MP.

  3. 3
    There's no intelligent life in Suffolk says:

    Woman who believes in a magic invisible sky fairy is “one of the most influential figures in Bury St Edmunds”.

    That doesn’t really say much for the rest of the population.

  4. 4
    Stan Ogden says:

    FFS Guido – bored with this story – move on please. Yawn.

  5. 5

    I have never met anyone who believed in a magic invisible sky fairy.

  6. 6

    Goves first whipping!

  7. 7
    Oooo look over there ,no not this way says:

    What have I missed this last few months after all I’ve tried to keep up with what they laughingly call “news” on Sky and the BBC, is this bit of “news” one of those pieces of “news” that the inner circle in the house of corruption know about but us turds only get snippets of, I really can’t get over excited on something that is a spat between a branch office and the head office, just put up a boxing ring and let them sort themselves out, equality at it’s best.

  8. 8
    David War says:

    Have a quenelle.

  9. 9
    keredybretsae says:

    Sir Bradley would be proud of them sideburns.

  10. 10
    Kulak murdered by Marxist filth. says:

    Same old Marxist tat. Change the record

  11. 11
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Conclusion: beware if you go to your local Vicar or Bish in Suffolk with a problem: s/he will broadcast it to all and sundry.

    I’m no defender of Ruffley but this has turned into an unsavoury witchhunt – led by the Church, of all people. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down.

  12. 12
    Holy Mackerel look at all them fucking Indians (Gen. Custer, Decd.)d.) says:

    Well Ms. The Dean has chucked the ordure at the fan in a big way.
    Will it change anything?
    Doubtful ,when there is the little matter of an MP’s salary & fiddles available for the next few months.

  13. 13
    Rough Ruff says:

    Who will rid me of this turbulent priestess ?

  14. 14
    Bint lover says:

    Are we sure that Ruffley is not a follower of the Religion of Peace, whose members are allowed to beat their female wives and concubines?
    Or is he just Rough(ley) by nature?

  15. 15
    concrete pump says:

    You don’t have to be left wing to be godless.

  16. 16
    LOL says:

    !s Rail being accused of war crimes now on according to Sky.

  17. 17
    Shadow of John Knox says:

    One day, in this life or the next, every knee will now at the name of Jesus

  18. 18
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    He’s not down. He is yet another example of the lack of honour in today’s politician, preferring to cling onto his position of power like grim death.

    What do they actually have to do today to resign in shame?

  19. 19
    Vlado the Hack says:

    Hrabove Parish Council object to proposed airport to be built next to village.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Im appalled that the Dean would get invoved in this matter.Does she go to the press about every bout of domestic violence in her Parish or just the ones involving Conservative MPs ?

  21. 21
    Jezza says:

    Time for MG to hide in the toilet again

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Since when has a protestant bishop or minister been a priest?

  23. 23
  24. 24
    MP says:

    But we are honourable members of parliament, therefore always beyond reproach. The rules only apply to ordinary people, not to us.

  25. 25
    figurewizard says:

    It would be a lot less cringe making if religion kept out of politics and vice-versa.

  26. 26
    David Weird says:

    All I said was “We need a final solution for the Is-raili problem”

    What’s wrong with that?

  27. 27
    Ah! wonder says:

    A heavy smash with a crosier should do it.

  28. 28
    Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

    The prick has been bubbled.

  29. 29
    Ah! question says:

    As opposed to male wives?

  30. 30
    Twampersand mk II says:

    But it helps.

    How ridiculous to imagine that a person should need a priest to commune with God, but vanity of vanities, if he did, that that priest could be a woman.

    Does she read the Bible, at all? Ever?

    1 Timothy 2 v 12

    PS The lesbian chic look undermines her message almost as much as her arrogance and her ignorance of scripture.

  31. 31
    Ah! Major says:

    I know a cooperative dentist

  32. 32
    Sally Barecow says:

    I saw the face of my hubby, little Johnny, in some vomit once.

    Then I realised I’d just thrown up in the bed and it was his actual face under the puke.


  33. 33
    Oh, really? says:

    “Let he amongst you who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
    Gospel of Saint John 7:53-8:11

    “F**k this Christ-like s**t! I’m going to start hurling some rocks, here!”
    Gospel of Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward.

    What IS it about these chaps called Ward?

  34. 34
    Deep man, reeeeaaaal deep man says:

    All war is a crime.

  35. 35
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Would you say Grace please?

  36. 36
    The female insurgency says:

    If that is what a female Dean (a glorified junior manager) thinks she is entitled to do I.e. Publish letters Trying to sack an elected representative , just imagine what powers and rights a woman bishop will think the almighty has given her, when we get our first ones next year. be afraid , be very afraid

  37. 37
    LBC reporter says:

    The head of customer relations for TFL gets £300,000 a year.

    LBC publishing public servants who are earning DOUBLE what their New York counterparts own.

    have a look guido

  38. 38
    Selohesra says:

    I also dont believe in the Higgs Bosun – i mean scientists spend fortune building giant toy – play with it for a bit – then get bored. Then after few day playing on their computers they say they found it. Well i didnt see it – seems suspicious to me.

  39. 39
    Ah! Major says:


  40. 40
    Anonymous says:


  41. 41
    Twampersand mk II says:

    You don’t really believe that machine was built for that purpose, do you?

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    No, the camel wives.

    Raggheads, eh?

  43. 43
    LBC reporter says:

    Head of marketing earns more than the commissioner of the metropolitan police.

  44. 44
    Estate Agent says:

    All theft is property

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    “his first major test as Chief Whip”
    is likely to provide as successful an exercise as his previous occupancy did. Should he insist on clinging to his version of reality, rather than identifying and addressing those circumstances pertaining to actual reality. What book-banning, presumably in lieu of book burning? What ignored ideological insurgencies (depending on which religion is involved)? What systematic unmonitored undermining of the financial foundations of free academies?

  46. 46
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Man goes to the dentist to have tooth pulled. Dentist takes out needle. “No needles! I hate them!” says man.

    Dentist starts to rig up the gas. Man says “Can’t do gas, I get sick!”

    Dentist asks man if he can take a pill. “No problem with that”.

    Dentist says, “Here is a Viagra.” Man says, “Didn’t know that worked as an anaesthetic.”

    “It doesn’t,” said dentist, “but it will give you something to hold onto when I pull your tooth out.”

  47. 47
    The Growler says:

    Well they always called the Church of England as the Torwy Parteh at Prayer, but nowadays I suppose whether they are Anglo Catholic (usually appearing more RC than RCs) as the church is in my small town, or the so called lower church. Ruffers should have confessed at the start of all this instead of trying to blag his way out, got psychiatric help, it probably is not the first time he has lashed out, in all probability wanted to dominate those under him. Everyone loses their rag occasionally, but they have to learn to control it instead of lashing out.

  48. 48
    Ruffers says:

    Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Kettle pot black! Comes to mind.

    Yes, the quote is clear read it says “I” as in Paul, it did not say “God” does not allow.

  50. 50
    Donetsk Oblast Governor says:

    The runway to be spread around in seven other villages?

  51. 51
    Aristander of Telmissus says:

    Whatever Ruffley did, to have confettied this letter as she has done, in an apparently opportunistic attempt at self-promotion, strikes me as contemptible. The clear inference is that it’s a naked bit of publicity-hungry elbow shoving, in the quest for a bishopric.

    There appears to have been a ‘domestic’. Ruffley appears to have gone tonto. He was cautioned; not charged, not convicted, but simply cautioned. It may well have a bearing on the thinking of the local Conservative Association, but the Dean’s actions are, in my opinion, utterly loathsome.

  52. 52
    The Growler says:

    Well the Torwy Parteh have had 17 years to find out what he was like and before that he was a “special adviser”, his local party probably thought that is a fine go getting young fella,ex solicitor etc unless he was one of those parachute jobs.

  53. 53
    Twampersand mk II says:

    I understand that those who are not Christian couldn’t care less what the Bible says, and have no wish to be governed by it. It is a fruitless exercise trying to force them to, too.

    What I cannot understand is those who do call themselves Christian, who do claim to have submitted to God, who do claim to be living a life in-keeping with NT theology, who then completely ignore that theology, and in fact do the exact opposite of what is clearly revealed within the NT, as well as the OT for that matter.

    The Bible says that women are unsuited to leadership because they are prone to deception, more so than men 1 Tim 2 v 14. They are to learn, in quietness, and submission, 1 Corinthians 14 v 34, they are not permitted to speak in church and they are most certainly not permitted to expound the scripture 1 Tim 2 v 12.

    I notice in her letter that there is not one appeal to the scriptures, for any of her points, just the usual, emotive and worldly twaddle and self-righteousness one has come to expect from such nasty types.

    She is a silly woman, laden with sin, led about by diverse lusts, ever learning but never coming to an understanding of the truth. 2 Tim 3 v 7.

  54. 54
    Father O'Reilly and Father Afield says:

    Thought that the Catholic idea was that you confessed to the priest and then went home to beat up the missus.

  55. 55
    The Growler says:

    It makes you wonder, it seems to being repaired most of the time and they have still not used it on full power

  56. 56

    All estate agents are thieves.

  57. 57
    The Growler says:

    Ooooooooooooooo, some of them will like that! Is that public school sort of thing.

  58. 58
    The Growler says:

    Does he have DC’s full and absolute backing?

  59. 59
    The Growler says:

    That potted biog on Wiki shows him as a former solictor, “special adviser”, MP in that order, he was seen as a go getter, someone who knew what they wanted, went after it and got it, jsut the sort of chap that the Torwy Parteh needs

  60. 60
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Agree wholeheartedly!

    This is a parallel to LibLabCon. No one comes out of it smelling of roses. A curse on all their houses.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  61. 61
    Andrew Speed, roughly an apologist says:

    Better get on your knees and pray, Ruffers!

  62. 62
    Dougie says:

    So, it turns out the Dean is a friend of the victim. Now her campaign is making more sense. Given that Hancock is still an MP and Rennard is still an active member of the Lib Dems in the Lords, it would be harsh if Ruffley lost his position over this.
    If he does it again, of course …

  63. 63
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Totally agreed. Well said.

  64. 64
    Twampersand mk II says:

    I agree, but a caution is an admission of guilt, it requires an acknowledgement of criminal behaviour.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    At least we have a female nosy opinionated god botherer.

  66. 66
    Brown envelopes full of Uber wedge says:

    While sacking station staff to cut costs.

  67. 67
    OxfordSimon says:

    This is what happens if you allow religion to enter the public sphere. Irrespective of what Ruffley did or didn’t do, this individual was wrong to use her office within the Church to push an overtly political message in this way.

    Disestablish the Church now – and see their ‘influence’ shrivel and die as it should.

  68. 68
    Hilda says:

    MPs get away with many things the rest of us would not – look at the expenses scandal and the pedo scandal.

  69. 69
    Twampersand mk II says:

    If you believe that the Bible is written under direct inspiration from God, which is orthodox belief, you don’t consider the epistles to be merely Paul’s opinions. If that is all they are, and can be dismissed, ignored, changed or deleted, they are of no more value than your opinions on spiritual matters, or mine.

    2 Timothy 3 v 16

  70. 70

    Who is this Wendy Drew character who gets things passed to her by hand by your Prime Minister ?

  71. 71
    bartslartbastard says:

    Err, fuck off Doc.

    By the way, do you want a local MP down to help you out with a bit of God-bothering? No, thought not.

  72. 72
    Jack the Ripper says:

    I assume that “Edmund, King and Martyr’s” letter was lost in the post.

  73. 73

    “one of the most influential people in Bury St Edmunds”. Awesome.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Especially for a trained solicitor.

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    I thought discussions with the clergy were supposed to be confidential, not copied to the media.

  76. 76
    UKIP Chairman for a Suffolk Shire Town says:

    Does she have political ambitions here? According to her Twitter feed, she announced that she had joined the Green party on May 14th, will she stand as their candidate if there is a By-Election?

  77. 77
    Eye up lad says:

    Surely Ruffley would have been charged with actual bodily harm or grievious bodily harm if the level of violence used in this domestic altercation was beyond the threshold considered unacceptable for a police caution. No-one – and I mean no-one apart from the couple involved – knows precisely what happened in that relationship or what happened before the police to be called. In domestic situations all kinds of horrible things take place. I point the finger at no-one – but it is extraordinary that this high ranking priest’s letter is now in the public domain. I’ve no idea what actually happened – and neither has the Very Rev Dr Frances Ward – despite her hoilier-than-thou episcipalean missive. In relationships sometimes things go horribly awry, people do mindbogglingly stupid things. But perhaps Frances Ward – high priest and feminist – has little knowledge of these things from personal experience of living with a member of the opposite sex, though I could be wrong. The hue and cry against Ruffley has been massive. He did something wrong – that is for sure, because he took a caution. Is Frances Ward – the good doctor – suggesting this was an assault so criminal that the police failed to act responsibly and that Mr. Ruffley should not have been cautioned, but should in fact have been charged? Where is her letter to the local chief constable – questioning why this was allowed? Mrs Drew may have given the Very Rev lady permission to write to Ruffley – but how did someone else get a copy? Something’s not quite right here. Is it all girls together.

  78. 78
    christ almighty (or nrst eqvlnt) says:


  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Maybe, after the Church decided to go with women Bishops, the Dean is anticipating being elevated to the House of Lords in due course, and is loosening up her political skills??

  80. 80
    And There's no Father Xmas says:

    To be a biblical fundamentalist, you must also believe that the Earth is flat with a dome above it to which are attached the stars.

  81. 81
    Pensioner Ted says:

    The Really Very Reverend’s haircut is just like mine. It helps me exude an air of authority, looks great and costs only £5-50p on OAP Thursday.

    The C of E still has it!

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