July 29th, 2014

Ruffley Resignation Raises Recall Row

The Recall measures announced in the Queen’s Speech would mean MPs on the Standards Committee, not local voters, will decide whether disgraced politicians should be booted out. David Ruffley’s announcement last night that he would be standing down at the election shows why it is crucial that parliament passes a proper Recall bill, not Nick Clegg’s fudge. 

Who pushed the Ruffley story and forced him to fall on his sword? Not his fellow MPs on either side of the House, who were either silent or actively trying to keep him out of trouble. The people saw things differently though…

Ruffley went mainstream because of the admirable work of women both inside and outside of the Tory party; from the Dean of St Edmundsbury’s devastating letter calling for him to quit; to the voices of women’s groups both locally and nationally, to the petition that amassed more than 40,000 signatures organised by an outraged woman. Guido understands 15 Tory women were going to publicly and openly protest Ruffley’s candidature tomorrow, some of them high profile. They were under immense pressure not to go ahead from within the party.

Ruffley will remain as the MP for Bury St Edmunds for ten months, earning more than £50,000 from his salary and pension contributions courtesy of the taxpayer when he should arguably be leaving parliament immediately. He cut a deal with the Tories and remains on board the gravy train. A Recall Bill that lets MPs decide whether their fellow MPs will face a vote is not going to work. David Ruffley shows more than ever why we need a proper Recall Bill to democratically boot out morally bankrupt politicians once and for all…

You can see all Guido’s stories about how the Ruffley story unfolded in full here.


  1. 1
    Maqboul the fool says:

    Jeez Geedo. Ruffley must have been your ex, and he dumped you.

    Vote UKIP.


    • 7
      Guido says:

      Yes, and I’m sending all his albums back, scratched.


      • 17
        Vote Dave? Get stuffed says:

        How come women want equality but when a man hits a woman it is considered far more of a crime than if a woman hits a man? And the actual damage done is not even considered relevant.


      • 25
        BBC says:

        Eric Joyce is still an MP. He did more than slap a few people.


      • 98
        Sweet,cold revenge says:

        ….Warping vinyl records in a green house, or similar, is more impressive than scratching them,….really annoying, ..or, do both before you return them!


    • 14
      Tuffley Ruffley says:

      Vote Tory, or you’ll get a slap.


    • 18
      Cameron's fudge packer says:

      A finger of fudge his not enough.


    • 42
      the really very reverend meedjahadean of st dingleberry on the moral soapbox says:

      now i’ve got you all…..


    • 44
      Maggies Dad says:

      i used to like women, young women.


    • 46
      Mycroft says:

      My counterpart in his constituency tells me that if there was a by-election, UKIP would walk it, a proper campaign would have then with virtually all their vote and half the Labour…

      That is the only reason he’s still in place.

      The feeling on the ground though is it’s better for him to linger on, crippled.

      He is a constant beacon for resentment and the longer he stays in the limelight the better.

      Makes sense.

      So… a slow death is a good thing for UKIP and it is typical of spaz-cam that he does nothing to stop this rot gaining hold of the punnet of soft fruit that his party has become.


      • 102
        Village Idiot says:

        …You mean rotten to the core,complacent and they seemingly do not care about what this once great nation has become!….Are their any conservatives in the conservative party,or, are they just along for the financial ride,which is what it looks like?


      • 111

        There is a practical reason for him to ‘linger on’, and that is that the cost of a by-election could far outstrip the cost of leaving him in place for ten months. Assuming he’s otherwise been a good MP (and he can’t be any worse than mine), that would be the smart way to go.

        Recall seems to be a lot like referendums, favoured in principle, but when there’s a remote possibility that it might *actually* be on the cards, the people who have a say in the matter start muttering about the cost.

        Again, practicality suggests it would be better to make it mandatory for your MP to respond to your concerns. Mine, Richard Graham, sits smugly in his high tower claiming to be dealing with ‘thousands’ of cases he conveniently can’t reveal details of, but refuses to explain why police corruption is something he can’t tackle, while other MPs clearly do.


    • 51
      Hang on a minute. This is getting out of hand says:

      What is the point of having punishments handed out by courts when the modern day social media lynch mob sets its own sentences, sentences which are not based on the actual facts of the case?

      All we know is that the girlfriend did not want to press charges and to be cautioned for common assault then a threat to harm made in the heat of the moment is usually the reason to caution rather than prosecute.


      • 62
        The two Muppets says:

        I think that it is disgusting the way the man is hounded . If he has
        committed a crime ,then the police should prosecute him .
        The way people, including Guido are jumping on this bandwagon
        makes me despair .


        • 96
          Penny Red Tuppence says:

          @62 Despair? You wanna read some of his anti h@m@s stuff.


        • 97
          Rickytshirt says:

          He has committed a crime as he admitted by accepting a police caution. Call me strange but I am not particularly in favour of being represented by people who do this kind of thing.


          • Klom says:

            Do you know what he did then?


          • Twampersand mk II says:

            Unless you live in his constituency, he does not represent you anyway. If you do, you can vote for someone else in 10 months time.

            Democracy, I think it’s called.


          • Rickytshirt says:

            Klom, accepting a caution is an admission of guilt. He assaulted someone.

            Twampersand mk II, no he does not represent me. But I did not say that I do not want specifically him to represent me, just that he is not the kind of person who I wish to be represented by. Which is an important distinction, don’t you think?


          • realjimmmmy says:

            He got a caution, asshole. It means nothing. There has been no trial. If the matter was serious enough to warrant it the police should have prosecuted him. For some reason they chose not to.

            I myself was wrongly accused of a crime once and the police put massive pressure on you to accept a caution – in their books it counts as a crime solved and now it also has the benefit that wankers on the internet can use it to attack you.

            Thankfully I said no and they gave up but the pressure is relentless to accept the caution – very dodgy, no jury trial, no rules of evidence, no judge, no right of appeal. If a man is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law it’s hard to avoid feeling this man is innocent.

            Fuck you asshole


          • Gary Henck says:

            Rickytshirt you can be cautioned for common assault just for raising your voice to a woman, if the woman says she was frightened by it. No one knows the facts other than the two concerned but it is reported that she did not wish to press charges. Once plod has been called it is very difficult to stop what has been set in motion and accepting a caution (which is supposed to be a private matter) is often the easiest way out for a person under pressure and not wishing to air dirty laundry in court.


          • Rickytshirt says:


            That may be true, but legally that’s where he stands. He’s admitted to a crime. He, being a lawmaker, should know that above anybody.


          • Rickytshirt says:

            Gary, has he denied the offense? No. He’s admitted it both publicly and to the police. He might be a nice man in general. He might have been hounded by the media. He might have been pressurised by the police into accepting a caution. It’s not nice if it’s true, but that’s not the point is we need a higher standard of integrity in the commons. He was right to resign.


  2. 2
    Mark Oaten says:

    I rather like Nick Clegg’s fudge.


  3. 3
    Poodle says:

    Morally bankrupt . Look who is talking.


  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Dave strongly advises not holding one’s breath…


  5. 5
    Everyone outside the Westminster Bubble says:



    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      Pleased with yourself, are you Gweeedo?

      One day, you are going to do something, or say something, probably in one of your drunken stupors, if you haven’t already, that will eventually come out and ruin you. The beeb will be relentless, as will The Grauniad and a dozen other organisations. You’ll think that it was all no big deal, and that will keep making it worse. Sanctimonious gab-shites like the strange looking Dean will write streams of twaddle, calling for your head, and bloggers will gloat and try and take the credit. You have already lost a lot of readers because of your obsession with Murdock cash and advertising shite in pretend posts, the stream will become an exodus.

      What goes around, comes around, tubby.

      If I was Ruffley I’d call a by-election.


  6. 8
    tigerowl says:

    All they have to do is remove him from his post. End his wages etc. I am certain Bury St Edmonds can live without an MP for ten months. other wise we end up with a by election in two months time that will be pointless as who ever wins will not change the overall balance in Westminster.
    And a By election will just drive us mental with more useless political rubbish on the telly than there is now.


  7. 9
    Small minds also think alike says:

    The Police caution should have been sufficient punishment and having the incident made public. The Dean of St Elsewheres does not appear to have been a “disinterested ” party and can have hardly helped the domestic situation.


    • 11
      The facts says:

      The Dean of St Elsewheres should really be looking at his own ‘team’ for nonces and gropers if he wants to do something constructive.


      • 13

        The Dean is a woman, and C’hurch should not really be intervening in affairs of the State in this way.

        But then Dave did push gay marriage on them…

        Byelection would be nice – UKIP could win this marginal.

        Vote UKIP :-D


        • 20
          Fred the pensioner says:

          Not worth the expense – and a single UKIP member is going to change nothing. Better just to ban him from the HoC and cut him off from his salary and expenses.


          • Pookie snackumberger says:

            Dissagre, an elected UKIP MP could be the straw that broke the back of this pernicious LIBLABCON party that has had agency over us for long enough.

            As it would give all those dubtfull voters the catalyst they need to surge forward.

            Not to mention shut up all those who say UKIP will never get an MP elected, though to be fair they have gone a lot more quiet of late.


        • 53
          Twampersand mk II says:

          This is not the US. The C of E is the established, state religion, all C of E Bishops granted legislative powers in the HoL.

          It’s the Church’s job to ‘interfere’ in politics.

          That said, someone should have told the dreadful woman to STFU.


          • In spiritual matters yes. Not in matters purely of State such as this.

            When was the last time female (or male) clergy made a similar point about women who kill their children and get let off at trial made ?

            Vote UKIP :-D


      • 16

        The Dean of St Elsewhere is a “She”!


      • 55
        Mycroft says:

        As pointed out repeatedly “Facts” (guffaw) you are not in the possession of the simplest fact of all.

        Oh well… to use the modern vernacular… ‘pwned’


    • 23
      Vote tory or you'll get a slap says:

      A good kicking should have been the minimum.


  8. 10

    What percentage of the 40,000 signatures were from people who live in Bury St Edmunds ?

    According to 2001 Census, Bury St Edmunds has a population of 42,000

    Vote UKIP :-D


  9. 21
    Owen Jones says:

    I could be in the running, doesn’t mention Hetero …


  10. 28
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    No idea who the people were on Sky, but the interview was about Russia and it was as if the Russian guy was getting a right talking to, thought the next thing the cane would be brought out, who the hell do these people think they are, Britain is not a master of the universe anymore nor a master of it’s own country, time for these people to climb under their own stones.


    • 31
      Post Al Vota says:

      Britain is not even the master of its own capital city


    • 52
      Norm Normal says:

      Russians….can dish it out but can’t take it. Even when ‘it’ is true and just. Nuff said :-)


      • 65

        Ask the Germans at Stalingrad whether the russkis could take it.

        We are not talking about rag-heads in a desert. Starting a war with the Russians will lead to a very severe thrashing, for us.

        We will run out of bullets before they run out of peasants.


        • 80
          Norm Normal says:

          This isn’t the Napoleonic era or WW2. I think Russians will run as fast as Afghanis, Iraqis and Libyans.

          The nuclear threat isn’t even what it was. Missiles can now be intercepted.

          Note Russia broke the 1987 Intermediate Treaty? Tested a banned missile, how much more do we put up with?


          • Major Bumsore says:

            I think a hyper sonic missile might be trickier to hit, these missiles also hunt in packs apparently with one volunteering to go to higher altitude for target acquisition and when that gets destroyed another taking it’s place. Not sure that ground troops can do a lot against a massive missile attack.


      • 89
        Historian says:

        Eeer, You can thank the Russians for doing all the defeating of Hit ler.
        One glance at this map will cure you of the claim that GB+US won WW2:



  11. 29
    Will says:

    Recall sounds good in theory but in practise the main parties will use it to cause by elections for thier own ends. So I remain unconvinced unless it has a strong reasons for recall otherwise you will end up with some looney left / right wing organisation pushing for an mp to resign, look at the moment when a issue arises you end up with the Labour Party asking the minister to resign, so the road to getting rid of bad MPs whilst good on practise will end up severted for party political ends.


  12. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Not sure about legislation, but a good argument would change my mind. Is this not a case that shows that what works is public pressure and not new legislation? You did very well on this issue Mr Fawkes, why should such action not work in future?


  13. 32
    • 72
      inside out says:

      That report from the Irish Times should be compulsory reading for our 650MP’s,as to what should be done to transgressors.Not the whining from our convicted fraudster, former MP Denis McShane,of its not fair in last weeks Mail on Sunday.


  14. 34
    Eid Miliband says:

    Home office

    In the latest figures from 2012 to 2013 published by the ONS it is estimated that around 1.2 million women suffered domestic abuse and over 330,000 women were sexually assaulted. Domestic and sexual violence is often hidden away behind closed doors, with the victim suffering in silence.

    We are determined to support victims in rebuilding their lives, reporting these crimes, and to make sure perpetrators are brought to justice. We all need to do more to prevent violence against women and girls happening at all.


  15. 35
    Norm Normal says:

    Just a thought…whilst I see the logic of a recall bill. Would it make MPs more vulnerable to blackmail and smear campaigns?

    After all anyone can say anything about anybody, no matter how ridiculous someone will believe it.


  16. 36
    Anonymous says:

    To remove him now would cost much more than £50 k in the cost of a pointless by-election just a few months from the general election.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. 38

    A strangely disturbing image…

    But is it ‘art’ ?

    Vote UKIP :-D


  18. 39
    Eid Miliband says:

    Send this ruffian to bitch slap putin, a nasty man who hates this country and is a commie
    A bit like my old dad Vladimir kikeski


  19. 47

    Vote UKIP :-D


    • 69
      Norm Normal says:

      It’s BP’s own fault for getting involved. Many others avoid Russia for obvious reasons and Iraq haemorrhaged western oil companies as it was foreseen that the Syrian debacle would overspill. Putin’s tactics are to destabilise regions then he can move in and take over. It’s as simple as a game of chess and a repeat of Cold War ambitions.

      The new iron curtain has been long in the making. Those with any sense will make sure they are not caught on the wrong side of it. Tough shit BP, it was obvious.


      • 84

        There was a belief still held by some that economics and trade trumps everything.

        The shift in position on jailing bankers – as per the M’ail front page today – suggests that this cognitive dissonance is now evaporating.

        The sweet irony is that without W’estern companies – and BP is the most accessible – continued development of R’ussian oil infrastructure to R’ussia’s direct economic benefit is set back.

        Depending on what price P’utin agreed with Ch!na in that recent deal, the pain R’ussia inflicts on BP will become acute for themselves over time.

        EU sanctions are going to be targeting exports of oil production and transportation plant, so getting out of R’ussia could make BP’s life a little bit easier. They would be blamed for problems arising from those sanctions if they remain.

        Vote UKIP :-D


  20. 48
    Eid Miliband ( form X1) says:

    Gordons thuggish attack dog preston mcbride has bitten me very badly
    I tried not to cry and called my NBF obama all about it
    A nice lady from the secret service called me a Hunt and instructed me to fuck off and stop pestering the chocolate president


  21. 56
    Person Non Grata says:

    Germany puts Ukrainian air force in the frame for MH17.



  22. 57
    Dilger says:

    When geedo drove across town p1ssed as a newt, then loadsa peeps were in very real danger. No one demanded that he should lose his livelihood. Are we setting different standards for the feminist lobbying Mafia?


  23. 59
    • 77
      Anonymous says:

      A few are ex teachers, thank gawd we no longer have these lefties teaching our children. They seem like the rent a cause mob next year new issue.


    • 95
      Norm Normal says:

      BBC study found that most images tweeted under the popular #gazaunderattack tag were from Syria or Iraq. They have a video about it.

      The beeb isn’t falling for Hamas nonsense as much this time. Still doesn’t mention rockets falling short though. If only ex-teachers and teachers had more sense.


  24. 61

    Understanding the enemy – Important Survey Results:

    From independent Levada Center pollster / Interfax of 1600 people across 46 R’ussian regions J’uly 18-21:

    Reasons for violence in U’kraine:

    64% : a “result of interference by the West,”
    20% : the “nationalist policy of the U’krainian leadership,”

    Possible outcomes of the conflict seen most likely:

    82% : a protracted civil war
    62% : a R’ussian-U’krainian war
    52% : WWIII

    M’oscow’s support of pro-R’ussian separatists in E U’kraine:
    55% said: Continue
    22% said: Discontinue

    Vote UKIP :-D


  25. 63
    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    Just wonderin, after November when when all the laws and anything else that these politicians used to run this country is packed and sent to the EU, can we sack all the politician’s or will that be done by the EU and can we demolish the Palace of Westminster and turn it into a car-park or will the EU use it to show off it’s army in a march past before they put it’s army into all ex British towns and cities and just wonderin like the N a z is will they have their own lists of people they will throw into clink after the politicians capitulation.


  26. 64
    Esther Nomenforme says:

    It’s looking good for the new Maggie in a year.

    The men will be finished and they are all tossers.

    Free scousers pie and jobs for all.


  27. 83
    NO SEATS NIGEL says:

    Doesn’t matter if or when he resigns, we still won’t win that seat.



  28. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Guido the cyber bully.


  29. 90
    How Labour Think says:


  30. 100

    So now at last, we have a rather unhappy, dishonourable slap happy chappie!


    • 108
      Major Bumsore says:

      has anybody asked his neighbours if they heard any sounds of breaking crockery and furniture last night ?


  31. 101

    Soon with Eid Milli we will be victorious. The loobour fools have been our dolts for years. Vote Eid.


  32. 106

    Guido really doesnt like this bloke!


  33. 112
    Major Bumsore says:

    and that’s another truthful thing that Enoch said.
    Suicide is not a sensible means of self defence.


  34. 121
    Spineless Gove says:

    In what way has Ruffley ‘resigned’?

    He’s got a 2000 majority, he’s just got himself out of the hassle of campaigning at election time.

    Remove the whip pronto.


  35. 122
    Rupert says:

    I don’t get you pommie fairies. Nothing wrong in chastising your sheila if she steps out of line. Manys the time I had to put Becky across my knee. She loved it. Usually ended up on her knees, sod it, just as Wendy walked in


  36. 123

    Yesterdays fish papers Guido . Move on to the next scalp.


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