July 24th, 2014

Ruffley Speaks: “I Would Never Condone Domestic Violence”

David Ruffley has bowed to mounting pressure and released a statement on his caution for assaulting a woman, as the story goes mainstream on the Today programme and BBC Breakfast this morning. He says “I would never condone domestic violence under any circumstances,” presumably with the exception of when he is the perpetrator. Here is his statement in full:

“In March this year, an incident occurred between me and my former partner, resulting in inappropriate action on my part, which I deeply regret, in respect of which I accepted a police caution for common assault.

Some time later, I telephoned my former partner to apologise.

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 wish to stress that I would never condone domestic violence under any circumstances.”

Wonder what the woman he assaulted thinks about that.

Meanwhile, the Beeb’s Chris Mason reports that Tories at local and central level are now privately discussing his future, ahead of next week’s crisis summit. In Suffolk, Ruffley is topping the news agenda and is the only subject on this morning’s local radio phone-ins. The calls for him to go are getting louder…

See also: Gove Dragged Into Ruffley Assault Rap – Dean Tells Chief Whip Violent MP Must Resign


  1. 1
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Brain of Britain?

    I would never condone domestic violence

    Who would?

  2. 2
    Stan Collimore says:


  3. 3
    Lard Everard - Giant Cockroach says:

  4. 4
    Mad,mozzie Medievalist says:

    Umm ah. Ummah.

  5. 5
    Hàrvey Pròctor says:

    Morning duckies. I condone spanking. Any fellow Monday Club members want to slap my botty?

  6. 6
    Ibrahim Abdullah says:

    White womens are whores and must be beaten and ràped, for allah commands it. Al ham diddle la.

  7. 7
    Violent Asquith says:

    Domestic violence belongs in the home. Airing condemnation in public only destroys personal reputations. Many an MP has fallen foul of the public in this way. It invites popular levity and questions such as, “Was this lady Ruffley handled?”

    The Very, Very Reverend Ward should be pouring Christian oil on these troubled waters.

  8. 8
    Birmingham school governor says:

    Today we will learn about how humans were made from clay and that kuffars all deserve to die.

  9. 9
    Barracco Barner says:

    Watched Antonioni’s “Blow-up” last night! How very nice to see London in the ‘Sixties before it became truly fucked up with “enrichment” and property “developers”!

  10. 10
    Mistress Vixen says:

    90% of my clientele are politicians who pay good money to have me trample their balls and order them to crawl on their knees as my slaves. £250 an hour, scumbag! You will worship me!

  11. 11

    ” I would never condone domestic violence , now fuck off bitch before i slap you daft”

  12. 12
    St. Anthony Bliar says:

    11 years ago, an incident occurred between me and a former enemy’s-enemy in Mesopotamia, resulting in inappropriate lying to Parliament on my part, which I don’t regret, and tens of thousands of people being killed, in respect of which I accepted the position of Middle East Peace Envoy and a lot of money from dictators and hereditary noblemen.
    Some time later I never apologised.
    I am pleased to say that I never intend to apologise and have refrained from making any statement on this matter as people might ask whether any of the money I received, whether for pointless speaking engagements or through other channels, before 2010 would or would not be considered a bribe had it been received after the Bribery Act came into force.
    It is my understanding that Mr Gaddafi won’t be talking now anyway.
    I wish to stress that I am a man of peace, just like that nice Martin McGuinness and his counterparts in the UDA.

  13. 13
    Peace Envoy says:

  14. 14
    Owen Jones says:

    It was a terrible time! No mosques, no halal takeaways, no faith schools, no female genital mutilation. We’re now luckily in much more civilised times.

  15. 15
    Pedant says:

    The Very, Very Reverend David Ward or plain Mr. Ward. You don’t get to be Reverend without a Christian name.

  16. 16
    Alf Garnett says:

    Weasel words from this man, who is clearly in need of some help. There is a big difference between “condoning” domestic violence and carrying it out yourself.

  17. 17
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Montmorillonite clay. They are actually quite correct for the very wrong reasons.

    Vote UKIP and keep your arms and legs attached :-D

  18. 18
    Man on the clapham omnibus says:

    Go stick the flag of fukkin islam up your arse

  19. 19
    R. Youshore says:

    You’ll have been dead, buried and long forgotten many thousands of years before that happens.

  20. 20
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Little outrage at the BBC or a word from our benefit sucking Middle Eastern friends regarding the ethnic cleansing of Mosul of Christians. Why?

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Nicely summed up by Matt.


  22. 22
    Howard says:

    What Ruffley did was nowhere near as bad as what David Ward did!

  23. 23
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Owen Jones can’t go on tweeting like this.

    His tweets are bringing twitter into disrepute.

  24. 24
    Speaking as one, the LibLabCon says:

    We celebrate your diversity which enriches us all.

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

  26. 26
    Liebour says:

    Fair play to you, Mr Bliar. You seem like a straight kind of guy to me.

  27. 27
    An MP says:

    Can I put that on expenses? Perhaps as “secretarial services”?

  28. 28
    I preferred this one... says:

  29. 29
    Ockham's Razor says:


  30. 30
    Alex Salmond says:

    Racist Ingerlish bastard!

  31. 31
    concrete pump says:

    Nice photo.

    Keeping the ‘pimp hand’ strong.

  32. 32
    ruffley speaking says:

    How about I rip you new one?

  33. 33
  34. 34
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Wonderful film. The tennis court mime troupe scene was brilliant.

    Delightful Jane Birkin and Gillian Whozzername showing everything to the cinema camera for the first time.

    Happy days!

    Vote UKIP :-D

  35. 35
    The Lone Ranger says:

    Yep, let’s face it, if we were to re-run the ’97 Election knowing what we know now, most of us would vote for Putin.

  36. 36
    A very pissed-off taxpayer says:

    I look forward to the day IDS finally stops this c*unt’s benefits and makes him get a job. Or preferably deport him.

  37. 37
    Bored now says:

    Really, supporting what he believes to be an oppressed people. From David Wards opinion the Palestine are an oppressed people. If I was David Ward I would also sympathise with Hama firing rockets.

    Hes wrong but at least he is sticking to his guns so to speak

  38. 38
    Not In My Name says:

    Only if I get the Broadcast Rights

  39. 39
    Strange old world... says:

    The Tories report David Ward to the police. but mysteriously do nothing over David Ruffley.

    Strange old world eh!

  40. 40
    Doggie Fashion says:

    Forget beating up (or whatever he did do) his ‘former partner’ he should resign for his atrocious syntax, poor grammar and punctuation.

    Go, go now!

  41. 41
    Loving the Lib Dems says:

    Ed McMillan-Scott added “I’m not a/S”. I’ll take him at his word. Though it would help if he didn’t retweet on July 19th things such as ‘#King of #Sweden and his wife joins #demonstrators protesting the barbaric aggression against #Gaza people’, which is entirely untrue.

  42. 42
    ... says:

    Ruffley seems like the kind of chap who would join a Friends of Israel club, Shlomo.
    Maybe beat up some Pal women at checkpoints with his IDF chums like you do.

  43. 43
    No Understand says:

    Were not the the police were already involved?

  44. 44
    Clare's Balding says:

    And now, what we’ve all been waiting for, the Cook Islands playing Bongo Bongo Land at netball.

  45. 45
    ... says:

    Yea, David Ward was being honest. A weakness in Shlomoland.

  46. 46
    ... says:

    Hello Shlomo! Hatemongering again?

  47. 47
    ... says:

    Well said, ED!

  48. 48
    A film fan says:

    Whilst I liked the film, I thought the tennis-court scene at the end was a load of self-indulgent pretentious twaddle, to be honest.

  49. 49
    ... says:

    So who’s going to report all the fans of the despot racist colony for supporting the breaking of UN resolutions and the commission of war crimes?

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    Guido using his bully pulpit again.

  51. 51
    A film fan says:

    PS: vote UKIP.

  52. 52
    Just Like Me Dave says:

    A hypocritical t(u)rd. Ideally qualified to be a ConLibLab M.P.

    P.S. As I’ve said many times, I totally support the traditional family. That is why I’ve undermined traditional marriage by legalising the bumsex version.

  53. 53
    ZZZ says:

    Sure would make a change from the star of David.

  54. 54
    The BBC says:

    There’s an awful lot of white people in Glasgow, but with our powerful telephoto lenses we’re able to pick out black, Asian and minority ethics in the crowd and make the shots longer for as long as possible.

  55. 55
    concrete pump says:

    Fuck off tosser.

  56. 56
    The BBC says:

    Linger, not longer.

  57. 57
    Miss Soghinist says:

    Some women quite like being roughed up a bit!

  58. 58
    Oooo look over there ,no not this way says:

    640 MPs and beyond reproach, does not compute, May 2015 is the time to let Camorons Conservatives know, LibLabCons where honesty is only mentioned when they want your vote.

  59. 59
    EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles says:

    Being anti-semitic like you ya twat.

  60. 60
    EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles says:

    +6 million

  61. 61
    Known / Someone / ??? / ZW / ?i? / Correct / ,.,.,. /... / EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles. says:


  62. 62
    Oooo look over there ,no not this way says:

    No you were right first time, it’s a long shot that you can cause an affray when a sey you Jimmy finds a friend in a crowd he wants to discuss the art of fisticuffs with.

  63. 63
    EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles says:

    Fuck off to Gaza and help the terrorist ragheads if you love them so much.

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    “I Would Never Condone Domestic Violence”
    Yet why do we seem to accept that, remotely blowing up apartments occupied by civilian families doesn’t come under that same category?
    p.s. Surely a way to Ward-off violent tweets, is obvious. Simply publish a list identifying companies affiliated with the regime. Particularly any profiting from produce, produced in occupied territory. So that customers wishing to register displeasure at the situation, can peacefully boycott those operations. Hopefully resulting in the application of internal lobbying pressure, that moderates the ideological agenda. If those in office here do nothing to reign-in excess, or offer a civilised means for the venting of outrage by the powerless on behalf of the powerless, tweets could soon be the least of that apparently impotent government’s problems.

  65. 65
    Ockham's Razor says:

    @A film fan

    Think I understand your viewpoint, when looked at through the lens of a modern perspective.

    But this was back in 1966, nearly half a century ago and still emerging from the shadow of war. We all expected to be wiped out by the hydrogen bomb with the two superpowers engaged in cold war.

    Here was a famous, rather self indulgent fashion photographer (modelled loosely upon David Bailey), taking the trouble to extend the illusion for the mime troupe who had put on an excellent show, without expensive lighting and effects.

    There was a sort of “coming-to-the-party” feel about it which is almost impossible to convey in these times of mass celebrity culture and comparative wealth. Imagine Mariah Carey, say, getting out of her chauffeur driven car, strolling into a Skegness fish and chips shop, having a nosh up at the plastic tables and nattering to the locals! It ain’t going to happen.

  66. 66
    EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles says:

    Aye and take your army of sockpuppets with you.

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

  68. 68
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Vote UKIP indeed! :-D

  69. 69
    The Growler says:

    “Ruffley Speaks: “I Would Never Condone Domestic Violence”” Is this guy psychotic or something, he doesn’t seem to equate what he has done or relate to what he has done. The girl friend seemed to be obessed with him, as Ruffles seems to have done it before, otherwise she would have left him after the first time and not gone back to him.

  70. 70
    Ken Clarke says:


  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    C u next Tuesday

  72. 72
    Known / Someone / ??? / ZW / ?i? / Correct / ,.,.,. /... / Bored / ZZZ / EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles. says:

    No, me.

  73. 73
    Confused fisherman says:

    Ling? Conger?

  74. 74
    Isr'ael is like a wife beater - brilliant analogy says:

  75. 75
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    These tweets from The “Bollinger” Boy are now getting to be beyond a joke.

    MT @Hazman_701 Attending a speech by @mehdirhasan @meand apparently @OwenJones84 gets more death threats! > we share them out

    What medication is Owen Jones on ?

  76. 76
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I look forward to the day it gets blasted up your fundament on a rocket, propelling you all the way home in the process.

  77. 77
    The Growler says:

    Quite easy to understand, Ward – LibDem, Ruffley – Torwy jolly good chap to have around, what, what. They should both be charged or neither charged. The Torwys follow the money hence all that lovely city and Russian money, don’t rock the boat or all that lovely money will go over the side and be lost in the water.

  78. 78
    Nick Clegg says:

    You do know I’m English right?

  79. 79
    Yeesh, my life says:

    There is no “occupied territories” until the issues of defined borders has been negotiated and agreed under UN auspices by all parties concerned.

    After the failed Arab wars of aggression and conquest and the refusal of the Arab side to recognize the 1948 borders treaty in the first place which only Israel agreed to and signed Israel has a UN backed right to hold onto territory seized from aggressor nations until a final peace agreement is reached, its right there in black and white if you care to look.

    The sheer scale of ignorance coming from the leftards is amazing to witness.

  80. 80
    Yawn says:

    Eeer, the Palestinians are the real Semites, you hypocrite Idoit. The stolen landers are mostly convert stock from Kazakhstan and thereabouts.

  81. 81
    concrete pump says:

    Yeah, cos that flag is just fucking everywhere in this country.

    Every time I go out it’s fucking stars of david all over the show.


  82. 82
    Yeesh, my life says:

    He desperately needs to be evicted and his passport cancelled, anything less is a surrender to islamism and every day he remains he radicalises more thick young muslims.

  83. 83
    David Ward says:

    “I’m sorry” doesn’t mean shit to me anymore.

  84. 84
    Yawn says:

    So, you’re not a racist then Shlomo?
    How did you manage to become prone to over a dozen genetic diseases while living among other cultures then?

  85. 85
    Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev says:

    OK Harvey, I will go the experience of your life time, fetch me the Great Knout, you will never forget it.

  86. 86

    Someone is really dragging up the dirt on this guy

  87. 87
    Jesus says:

    Who cares who is the most Semite of them all? One side is a peaceful modern culture and the other side kill their own babies for photo ops.

  88. 88
    Jesus says:

    Beating them up makes them feel at home.

  89. 89
    Mohammed says:

    Mohammed Farah has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games -he was going to represent Somalia – but only found out last night they are not members.

  90. 90
    Fred the (properly ejakatid) pensioner says:

    It’s ‘rein in’ and not as you wrote. You really are a tweet aren’t you?

  91. 91
    Violent Asquith says:

    Now you are dragging religion into this.

  92. 92

    I can’t see a grammatical error in Mr Ruffley’s statement. What have I missed?

  93. 93
    EeeYepBl­­owing Whistles says:

    Palestinians are Levantine not semitic arab. Phoenicians.

  94. 94
    The Growler says:

    It looks as he could do with a good shave.
    By the way did anyone notice a small snippet in the news about an outbreak of bubonic plague in north eastern China, the affected area has been isolated. Without early treatment death follows within 4 days.

  95. 95
    Oooo look over there ,no not this way says:

    I prefer the words “sentenced to xx years in jail” has a bit of finality and a shutdown of the verbage that is going about plus it’s green as all those BBC transmitters will use less power when the BBC announcer can’t hiss as they speak the words of total garbage as the cover up saying nothing about the Christians in Mosul.

  96. 96
    Norma Stitz says:

    Predictably one-sided report on the Today prog – much from a UN rep about ‘a child killed every hour’ in Gaza, no mention of Hamas hiding rockets in UN schools, firing them from beside hospitals, their total indifference to civilian casualties which serve to help their PR efforts. It was left to the Israeli to point out the hell of living under constant rocket attack, that Hamas fighters are running around in ambulances, that Hamas has no interest in a ceasefire. And, challenged on why Israel won’t lift the blockade, he pointed out that there would be a flood of Iranian-supplied new weapons coming in.

  97. 97

    It’s possible that he realises that he realises that what he did was wrong, in which case he can truthfully say that he does not condone domestic violence. He may, however, regret doing it only because it has got him into trouble. That would be hypocritical but rational.

  98. 98
    Clare's Balding says:

    Is Diane Abbopotamus still in the pole vault?

  99. 99
    The Growler says:

    Twits twitter. Twitter is for twits

  100. 100
    non taxable pikey says:

    Aljabeeba does it again. Commonwealth Games Swimming presented by Michal Hussein and Jason Mohammmmmed. The Nation is Fuc’d/

  101. 101

    David Ward seriously thinks that he is competent to fire a rocket!

  102. 102
    Norma Stitz says:

    Good point- he has been cautioned already.

  103. 103
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Perhaps he meant something like this: “The Dean deserves a good slapping, the uppity biatch. The big question is – if she was here, would I do it? Probably yes”

    Vote UKIP :-D

  104. 104
    My mom says 'You're not big and you're not clever!' says:

    The same stuff that’s between your ears?

  105. 105
    non taxable pikey says:

    The competitors need something soft to land on. I’ve taken out shares in Battered Haggis Producers and the Mars Group.

  106. 106
    Stan Gollymore says:

    Pull her hair, they love it!

  107. 107
    HypocriteSpotter says:

    You are suuuch a slimy hypocrite!
    Your ilk have been killing on average one Palestinian child every three days for years!
    Everybody has twigged that you don’t want a two-state solution so quit pretending you’re some kind of pacifist victim.

  108. 108
    .. says:

    I’d like to see her in a bikini

  109. 109
    HypocriteSpotter says:

    Quit spamming Guido’s blog with your Hasbara and your endless hatemongering, Shlomo.

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

  111. 111
    But w'er paying for this shit says:

  112. 112
    Kojak says:

    Has he been read his Miranda rights?

  113. 113
    Sir Seen Connery says:

    They all love it. Its what they all want.

  114. 114
    Prodigy-'avin a bit of slap and tickle says:

  115. 115
    Ockham's Razor says:


    But it is a considerably improvement upon your vacuum.

  116. 116
    Moshe says:

    Hello Shlomo! Spamming the place with your inane, transparent Hasbara again? Killed any more Pal kids today? The ho lo caust promised by your deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai is coming along nicely, hey!

  117. 117
    Peter Sutcliffe says:

    David Ruffley? He’s a fkin’ lightweight!

  118. 118
    Moshe says:

    Could have been worse, he could have threatened the Palestinians with a holo caust, like our deputy defence minister Matan Vilnai.

  119. 119
    handycock says:

    In my view its a resigning issue.

  120. 120
    Stalking Horse says:

    Hanging’s too good for anyone who ‘worked for Ken Clarke’

    Come to think of it he’s a slightly younger, slighter less podgy version of that arsehole.

  121. 121
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Knowing how stupid the UK voter can be, are you really sure about that?

  122. 122
    Violent Asquith says:

    The Governors must have hearts of stone.

  123. 123

    I cannot fathom if the word IDOIT is meant to be a half way house between IDIOT and DOLT … or merely a typo ….

  124. 124


    Why should we ” Go Now” ?

    We re still around and doing very well on the nostalgia tour circuit thank you !

  125. 125

    hello angel . Nice afternoon …

  126. 126
    ... says:

    The ARE at home! It’s you who’s a stinking squatter in their country.,

  127. 127
    Hate the lot of them says:

    Of course he deeply regrets it: in all probability he’ll lose the job that he thought he had for life because of it!!
    That’s the only reason he’ll be showing any regret or remorse.

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