July 29th, 2014

Tories Tipped That Ruffley Row Was About to Go Very Public
Conservative Staff Threatened With Sack if They Joined Protest

It has been briefed that it was a ‘pincer movement’ from the Chief Whip and the Party Chairman that sealed the deal for Ruffley yesterday. They were kicked into action, finally, by the leak of this letter from the Dean of Bury St Edmunds, and tens of thousands of people signing an online petition. Crucially the Tories were also made aware yesterday morning of a letter planned for Wednesday’s Times from dozens of women affiliated with the Conservative Party. “Women problem” is an understatement.

Guido has obtained a copy:

We are writing to share our concerns about the behaviour of David Ruffley MP.

We consider it unacceptable that a man who has accepted a caution for assaulting his partner should continue in his position.

This Conservative-led government has a proud record of acting to prevent domestic violence.  On 2 July 2014 the Prime Minister asserted the importance of  Clare’s Law in relation to abusive partners, and on 8 March 2014 the Home Secretary said: “I am determined to see a society where violence against women and girls is not tolerated, where people speak out.” It is disappointing, therefore, that despite the Government’s strong moral stance on this issue, our own party has been slow to take any action against one of their own Members, who has accepted a police caution for assault of his partner, one of the crimes we are trying to prevent.

When Andrew Pelling MP was arrested under suspicion of assaulting his wife in 2007, the whip was immediately withdrawn, pending an investigation by the party’s ethics committee. We are pleased that the new Chief Whip, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP decided last week to launch an investigation into this matter, however, given the serious nature of the offence for which Mr Ruffley has accepted a caution, which is an admission of guilt, we feel that the Conservative whip should be immediately withdrawn.

The public has the right to be served by representatives who abide by the legislation that they pass through Parliament.

We are proud to be members of the party who first gave women the vote, produced the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons, as well electing the first female party Leader who went on to be the first female Prime Minister. For generations, the Conservative Party has lead the way in advancing equality of opportunity and equality under the rule of law.  Two people die every week at the hands of an abusive partner, and our party must demonstrate that no matter who you are, domestic violence is unacceptable

It was about to blow up, and blow up very publicly.

To those MPs who emotionally blackmailed and even threatened their female staff with disciplinary measures to stop them signing the above letter – and then grassed the plot to CCHQ – Guido says this. I know who you are, and you know what you have done. What I have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you…


157 Comments

  1. 1
    The LibDems says:

    We are in favour of women

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      Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. says:

      That Dean sounds like a very vindictive woman.

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      • 46
        Banned says:

        He/She/It looks more like a grey-haired middle aged male accountant than a proper woman.

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          A says:

          I had thought all this time that she was a man until I read that Conservative home link. Of all the people involved she comes out as the one with no Christian spirit of forgives. She forgets that Jesus ended the oft quoted passage “Go, and sin no more”

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

        i’m the meedjahaDEAN – i know where you live too – and that you don’t read your bible – associate with loose women* – gamble – drink etc per vauxhall astra ad nauseum…….

        * addresses please to the editor by 1600hrs today

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      • 128
        Dougie says:

        Guido is displaying the zeal of the convert on this one. What skeleton has he got in his own cupboard?

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        • 146
          I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

          You’re not suggesting that Guido harbours guilt at getting away with some mysterious crime against a woman? Shocking!
          Surely a you’re not suggesting Guido has a murky mysoginist past that warrants a press investigation? I refuse to believe it!

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      • 131
        Steve SD says:

        I understand she’s along term friend who wrote to him privately, pointing out that this was more than a mutual disagreement.

        That’s not vindictive, that’s being a friend to his wife and to him. Forgiveness doesn’t always erase consequences, especially when he sees no issue with this.

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    • 13
      Handycock whipping it out says:

      I certainly am, the nurses at the Priory mental clinic in Marchwood are delicious. I have been here since February at NHS expense of £700 a day, wonderful, it is better than being on holiday at my villa in Spain. I am not doing any work at all but still drawing my pay and expenses, life is great.

      http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/portsmouth-north-mp-says-workload-continues-to-rise-1-6203562

      Asa I have already stated, David Ruffley is an idiot for standing down. He should have followed my example and get paid for doing nothing. Boaz.

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    • 44
      Judge Constant Biscuit says:

      So its OK for a God bothering Woman to do some shit stirring but not a Judge?

      Where is the fairness in that, or is it because I is b****?

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    • 70
      Tory Bare! says:

      “To those MPs who emotionally blackmailed and even threatened their female staff with disciplinary measures to stop them signing the above letter – and then grassed the plot to CCHQ – Guido says this…”

      The smell of urine-soaked underpants in certain Tory Constituency Offices around the country will be palpable around now…

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      • 77
        David Cameron says:

        Can we just all calm down and get ready to vote UKIP please.

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        • 133
          Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. says:

          Today was the first day the BBC combined Labour and UKIP on a common cause to find fault with Cameron’s new EU immigration control limitation.
          One can only suppose that a loony left wing strategic policy wonk in the BBC (we all know who) came up with this one.
          Next the BBC will be proposing a coalition of UKIP and Labour to get their comrades in power.

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    • 115
      Exageration Watch says:

      Just to get one thing straight.

      “Common assault”.

      Includes “Fear of injury” . If the lady says she felt afraid that she would be injured, then he committed “common assault”. So even a raised voice, or a fist into the wall or table is common assault if the lady says she was frit of being injured.

      There’s not many who have not been there.

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      • 137
        deleted says:

        It has to be a reasonable fear. Reasonable requires physical contact. The minimum requirement is for there to be contact between one person’s bodily fluids and another person, so spitting, or flicking blood for example, but not banging the desk. Pushing, slapping, pulling hair, etc. Common assault almost always leaves the offended person with either no, or negligible injuries. ABH is a grade above that, GBH requires the shedding of blood, then you’re into malicious wounding and upwards.

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        • 142
          NO violence required says:

          There does not need to be physical contact for common assault.

          An assault takes place when the Defendant causes the victim to apprehend the use of immediate, unlawful physical violence upon them. In a common assault charge, no physical violence needs to follow the threat; just the fear experienced by the victim is inclusive of this charge

          http://www.grayandcosolicitors.co.uk/section-39-common-assault/

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          • I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

            So basically we are all “victims” of this on a daily basis.

            Guido really has lost the plot on this one.

            The implication is that women can rarely, if ever, be charged with this, simply because they’re women.

            The best defence against this by a defenceless man is to countersue the woman.

            However, in this case thw woman did not wish to pursue it, so all this histrionics by Guido, and grand effort to be offended on her behalf, if intruding on a matter that’s none of his business.
            In fact all this effort is infantalising and undermining the woman, and her right to make her own decisions and her right to privacy.

            This prompts the question…

            Is Guido is a sexist man-hater?

            Guido has lost the plot.

            (btw, i’m a woman).

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  2. 2
    realjimmmmy says:

    Are you Cahty Newman now? She is the only “journalist” (I mean “activist”) who bangs on about this imaginary “women problem” dreamt up by the likes of Laurie Penny as much as Guido does. Or is it Harry Cole trying to finally get a girlfriend?

    Fuck you asshole.

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  3. 3
    realjimmmmy says:

    Are you Cathy N.e.w.m.a.n now? She is the only “journalist” (I mean “activist”) who bangs on about this imaginary “women problem” dreamt up by the likes of Laurie Penny as much as Guido does. Or is it H.a.r.r.y C.o.l.e trying to finally get a girlfriend?

    Fuck you asshole.

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      madasafish says:

      You obviously have a woman problem if you cannot see the Tories have one..

      And I write as a person who normally votes Tory.

      Quote about a local Association member on radio:
      Pressed further by Vine on whether “you can have as a candidate a man who beats up his girlfriend”, Sergeant replies: “Well why not?”

      If you think that attitude was suitable for the 19th century let alone the 21st, you really should consider your membership of any party…

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      • 14
        realjimmmmy says:

        Nice try asshole.

        I could find you dozens of Labour stalwarts in working mens clubs to say nice things about Stalin and communism

        The idea of a “woman problem” is just in the heads of people like you who read nonsense online – it’s a trick they picked up from america to try to get the stupider women to vote for the party that gives them “free stuff” and then make out it’s some principled decision.

        Ever been to a conservative association? I must have been to several dozen in the last decade – totally dominated by women.

        Fuck you asshole

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        • 38
          Octavian says:

          Moron

          The problem is obviously not with women who would join a conservative association.

          It’s the millions of women who might naturally be Conservative leaning but for whom attitudes like the above have resulted in declining support for the Conservative party amongst women in polling for at least the last 8 years.

          Tories should be grateful that at least they’re leaking less female support to UKIP, who I’d imagine have an even greater problem with some of their more less progressive members putting off any potential new female recruits.

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          • Mycroft says:

            Not quite right.

            We get a lot of women join us, look at our MEPs… there are many women there, but we need to do more to let this be known.

            I don’t think it is right to mount a ‘campaign’ on the issue though, if we’re fair minded (and we are) then that will be seen.

            Not today perhaps, but in time.

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          • Nick Clegg says:

            I am very proud of the fact that 100% of our MEPs are Women.

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          • realjimmmmy says:

            haha – no – you make the classic mistake of thinking people have to be “progressive” – ie socialist and radical to win women’s votes. Not so. Only the likes of laurie penny and probably you.

            Fuck you asshole

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          • rocknrolla says:

            ok realjimmy really no need to be so rude but yes you’re right – and that’s the reason people are pissed of with guido

            the left are pushing the narrative that one must be feminist and socialist to get support from women just like octavian says here – they’re wrong, women can think for themselves and are just as capable of undertsanding conservatism

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          • I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

            Labour has a woman problem.

            Just look at their front bench.

            AAAAAAAAARRRGGGHHH!

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          Rabid dribbler says:

          Now write that again, without being a lowlife gutter troll who can’t write something without using such language.

          Sounds like an MP to me.

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        • 106
          madasafish says:

          You really are unbelievable.. Try writing English and not swearing..

          You sound repressed and a woman hater..

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  4. 4
    I have an idea says:

    He could replace fatty pang at the BBC ;)

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    Good Luck says:
  7. 7
    Jack Ketch says:

    Does this mean that “Smack my bitch up” is off the list as campaign song for next year?

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    “Crime must not pay”.

    Which “crime”, exactly?

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    realjimmmmy says:

    Guido – did you even read your link How Ruffley’s Resignation Became Inevitable | ConservativeHome?

    It basically mocks you and explains that you have no morals and just wanted to engage in some faux hand-wringing sacrifice of an MP – one who we can’t escpae the fatc has not been charged with any crime yet. (Cautions mean nothing – Liddle famously accepted one to get home for his tea or whatever it was)

    Nice one to link to the ridiculous story about the leader of the lords. How she demeans that office by comparing herself to the moronic american singer Beyonce Carter. Just suggests we should have got a man in that job instead of a token woman.

    And her pay was NOT reduced. The job was taken outside the cabinet and her pay was exactly – repeat that yourself EXACTLY – the same as any man outside the cabinet.

    You are basically now an uglier version of Jessica Valenti. Well done.

    Fuck you asshole

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    • 21
      David says:

      The wording of the form which suspects sign to accept a caution says “I admit the offence” and the police cannot even offer a caution so he must have admitted the offence to them, probably in an interview under caution. It’s really going some to say that it means nothing. He must have admitted to the police that he assaulted his ex-partner and yet people on here still want to claim he has done nothing wrong. Utterly incredible!

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        realjimmmmy says:

        Have been in the situation myself – wrongly accused of a crime and under MASSIVE police pressure to accept the caution. It goes on their books as a “solved” crime, they get to wash their hands of it, no costly court trial, everyone home in time for dinner.

        I think Rod Liddle was in the same boat, just accepted it to go home.

        A man can say he is guilty too – that doesn’t mean he is. This man was mentally disturbed, tried to kill himself, depressed, could even have been protecting his wife. The only “utterly incredible” thing is that assholes like you can’t see that a trial with jury means something and anything less should make us pause for thought. If we follow your world view then why have courts at all just have everyone confess and move on.

        Fuck you asshole

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      +1 says:

      +1

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      madasafish says:

      Your language is typical of an ignorant misanthrope.

      Try growing up.

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    • 111
      Out of interest says:

      Could the acceptance of the police caution on the part of the man in question be read as the lucky recipient gauging the possibility of a successful prosecution had the matter rumbled along any further?

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  10. 12
    Not In My Name says:

    Resigned his seat with immediate effect?

    Let me guess….

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  11. 15
    albacore says:

    Shame the letter-writer couldn’t spell “led”
    Sloppy, like most propaganda we’re fed
    The main thing’s to tell folks what they can think
    Think for yourself and you’ll end up in clink

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  12. 16
    yet more prizes says:

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  13. 18
    Silly mid off says:

    Apparently he has to fall on his sword……. cant wait for the youtube of that.

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  14. 19
    Anonymous says:

    I will find you and I will kill you

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  15. 20
    Plenty more fish in the political sea to put up with miscreants says:

    I’m sorry but I think we have to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards all our politicians.
    The main reason there is sympathy for Ruffley is because Eric Joyce lamped a few people and got away with it.

    If a Politician takes,fucks or hits something they shouldn’t they should be out the loop….forever.
    No think tanks wank tanks or BBC appearances either.
    Treat them like a lefty would treat a celeb accused of racism.
    Completely finished.

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    • 151
      I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

      Carry on with that, and there will be no humans left in parliament, just preprogrammed automatons that just clock in, reel out some computer-generated groupthink platitudes, and engage in fake preorchestrated political sparring with similarlt pre-programmed journalist droids
      … Oh wait!

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  16. 22
    Norma Stitz says:

    Two things emerge from all these posts;

    I. Ruffley is a twat.

    2. Guido is getting rather too much of a Messiah complex – “Look at my power and quail before me, you politicians, for I can destroy you.”

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    • 29
      realjimmmmy says:

      Another result we might find is the collapse of the “caution” system.

      It has been convenient for the police to bolster crime figures, it is sold to the accused as just a quick way to go home, keep your privacy.

      Now in the court of public opinion, with the baying mob of feminists, guido and the rest of the inadequates, it has suddenly become considered the same as a real conviction in court – who now would accept a caution?

      Fuck you asshole

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      • 37
        Tooth fairy says:

        It is not just the caution system imo. I believe the whole of the CJ system is broken top to bottom and needs a drastic overhaul.

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    • 35
      Sue Denim says:

      “quail”? Lunch on your mind? maybe you mean “quake”?

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    • 41

      Hubristic was my thought when reading that last para.

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      • 45

        Hubris always begets Nemesis.

        Vote UKIP :-D

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      • 78
        Mycroft says:

        Keep this festering away matey, we in UKIP can only benefit and that’s a good thing.

        Your constant undermining of the Tories is a source of joy to me and more power to your elbow/quill/keyboard/iphone.

        Please don’t ever stop, we like you!

        We simply couldn’t pay for this sort of denigration of one of our rivals.

        Bravo!

        Encore!

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        • 88
          Arse IV says:

          I’m sure no UKIP candidate has ever been alleged to have assaulted anyone.

          Oh, wait a moment:

          http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/22/ukip-candidate-arrested-alleged-sexual-assault

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          • Mycroft says:

            Suspended immediately(less than 12 hours), and awaiting a decision on whether the matter will proceed.

            The Court date was ‘indefinitely postponed’.

            THAT is how you deal with anything ‘iffy’… gardening leave, no pay.

            Compare and contrast.

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          • Arse IV says:

            … and that was just the first one I found. Probably plenty of others. Why are UKIP supporters the most sanctimonious of pricks in politics? They’re even worse than Liberal Democrats and that’s up against some pretty stiff competition.

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          • Mycroft says:

            Human nature is unavoidable, people will err, it is how you deal with that fact of life that counts.

            The fact that we do thing ‘correctly’ and openly does look sanctimonious to those poor souls that have over the years accepted low standards.

            I would say your view that our proper behaviour is only a reflection of your acceptance that Politics has to be venal and self-serving, for me it ain’t, it is the exact opposite.

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    • 49
      Good Luck says:

      it’s a tongue in cheek quote from “Taken”

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    • 152
      I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

      Alternatively.

      1. All politicians are twats

      2. All journalists are twats

      Which one is Guido?

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    sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

    So the Conservatives are going to put higher taxs on diesel engined cars, I really can’t tell the difference between Liebour or the Conservatives anymore, get my own back time in May 2015.

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  18. 26
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    ‘This cookie has a range of clashing sweet, sour and savoury flavours to represent the internal collapse of the left

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  19. 28
    A Brazilian Rent Boy says:

    Bumsex anyone?

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  20. 29
    Caligula says:

    As a clergyperson Dr Ward is sure to be familiar with the wise words of Max von Sydow, “Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first stone”.

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    • 40
      Fishy says:

      Quite.

      No sign from her of any Christian forgiveness, empathy or Christian charity. In fact she doesn’t seem to be very Christian at all, preferring political activism and vindictiveness.

      Mind you, as they say, the Church of England is the Communist Party at prayer…which is why I don’t go to church any more.

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      • 66
        Long John Silver' s parrot says:

        Never trust a devil dodger .

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      • 155
        Biffo says:

        I can understand her writing to Ruffley, even on headed paper & in her role as Dean & priest of the victim but the c.c.’s were just viciousness & beyond her remit IMO.

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    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    And we were all supposed to think that this had been sorted out in a friendly manner by the Chief Whip.

    It is perhaps asking a little too much to expect anything resembling the truth to come out.

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  22. 36
    ANON says:

    WHY ARE YOU MAKING SUCH A BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS?? HE IS STILL AN MP UNTIL MAY……….

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  23. 39
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Where are all these resignations flocking from?

    Could it just be a case of silly confusion like Gordon kept telling me our row was?

    Maybe the police just misunderstood roughly for Ruffley!

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  24. 42
    Executive Summary says:

    Guido blowing his own trumpet, because he cant reach his manhood to blow himself.

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  25. 47
    Anonymous says:

    1. Did Ruffley whilst a sitting Conservative MP commit illegal acts against a woman and when ?

    2. When if at all did this woman report matters to the Police ?

    3. Where and when were the Conservative Party advised ?

    4. When if at all were matters brought to the attention of the Prime Minister ?

    5. What action, if any , was taken by the Prime Minister ?

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  26. 50
    I REPEAT says:

    WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK, IT”S HISTORY.

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    cheche says:

    sky news has just equated help for heroes with that paly band as well

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    curiousgeorge says:

    So what exactly happened? What were the circumstances? Who reported it to the police? How established was the relationship, and are they still together? Would Ruffley have accepted a caution if he had thought it would end his career?

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    • 84
      Arse IV says:

      Nobody knows. Well OK, Gudio probably does but he’s not telling, presumably either for legal reasons, because evidence is lacking, because nobody’s willing to step forward as a witness or because it’s mostly complete bollocks.

      We will never find out either.

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      Marcellus F'awkes says:

      21st Century Britain is now straight out of “The Crucible”

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  29. 61
    What is it with the feminist Mafia? says:

    If he had robbed a bank with a sawn off shotgun I doubt the Dean would have kicked off with such a nasty letter. Or the outcome so severe.

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  30. 62
    A taxpaying pleb says:

    What has Ruffley been up to ?

    We pay our taxes for him to appear in public life so if he has been up to something he should not have been then i want to know all about it.

    After all its us taxpayers who pick up the tab.

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    • 64
      loopy lou says:

      I am sure you can rely upon David Cameron to speak out loud and clear with the truth before the evening is out .

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  31. 65
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Ah yes, the brave freedom fighters of Hamas! The proud murderers of children. I hope that Israel continues to pound your people into fertilizer until there is nothing left in Gaza except dust

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  32. 67
    Boris Johnson says:

    Vote UKIP

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    • 71
      Long John Silver' s parrot says:

      Why ?

      What are they going to do to Ruffley ?

      Put him in prison ?

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      • 120
        Bloomin' Godfrey says:

        I’d put him on the candidates list!

        I bet he’s got the cleanest backside of a fridge in London.

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  33. 72
    Andy Capp says:

    Wots all the fuss about?
    Vote Conservative

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  34. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Guido can’t stop bullying. He should be reported to the NSA!

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    Wife Beating Tory says:

    You will have bumsex and your going to like it.

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    Arse IV says:

    I don’t think quoting a shit film really helps your case much.

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      David Cameron says:

      Fuck me! It was only a soundbite to steal UKIPs thunder.

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        VOTE TORY...GET TURKEY says:

        Just rhetoric and repeated claims – nothing new or substantive. In actual fact he has said nothing that will reduce immigration because he has no control over it.

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        • 156
          Biffo says:

          Or chooses to do nothing about it, which is not actually the same. What exactly could the EU do to us if he actually closed our borders? Send that useless bint Baroness Ashton over here to open an Embassy on their behalf? (As she’s British I suppose we’d have to let her in. However, if we’re going to revoke the citizenship of the people who have gone to fight in Syria………). There’s always something that Camoron could do but the reality is he’s a gutless wonder who, despite all his posturing about ‘Britain’ is constantly angling for an EU Gravy Train job once British voters wake up to where his real loyalties lie.

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  38. 82
    Marcellus F'awkes says:

    And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

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    • 136
      Just Saying. says:

      I don’t think Speaker Bercow is quacking in his boots, somehow.
      Now if Guido claimed Bercow’s scalp I believe he would be knighted.

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  39. 87
    Odd says:

    How can Con party claim 100k mor members than UKIP when income from similar costing subs are closing fast ?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonstone/ukip-party-subscriptions

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    • 89
      Arse IV says:

      Nobody gives a fuck about UKIP mate.

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      • 114
        Odd says:

        A more constructive response would have provided a verifiable explanation for this apparent anomoly

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      • 138
        Mycroft says:

        ‘Head in the sand’… you do seem to be trying to denigrate UKIP, but when you ‘try’ >smirk< to provide anything cogent it falls apart.

        YOU don't give a f'ck is what you are saying, fair enough, you don't, but claiming that 'nobody' puts you into the realm of the jilted mind… sad but true.

        Arse by name 'ahse' by sentiment and nature.

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    • 157
      Jim Royal says:

      Was saying the same thing to my Barbara this morning. 134,000 members, my a*se.

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    curiousgeorge says:

    OK, I’ve done a bit of digging.

    As far as I can see, all we know is that one ex-partner dialled 999 during an altercation during which the other told her to leave his flat, and that friends say she said she (a widow age 56, and apparently sufficiently independent to have walked away at any time) was scared of him during the relationship.

    We know nothing about what was done on the day, what injury was caused or whether any of the parties were in any state that might have been material.

    We also know that the letter that stirred up the current hoohah was sent by one of her close friends, and that he chose to write as from his church role, rather than as a private individual, which lent the letter an air of moral judgement rather than personal interest.

    For all we know, this could be the result of a conscience-stricken man (and I’ve had the conversation with someone close to me) who can’t believe that for the first time in his life he let himself be driven to strike a woman, and who, while in that mental condition, has accepted a caution for for an incident which fell far short of the kind of domestic violence that is now being imputed.

    This begins to look a witch hunt, with the witches doing the hunting.

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      sometime I wonder, then I think who cares says:

      If they can’t get rid of the Conservatives by voting them out, then they can always try other ways, one by one, at the moment.

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      Anonymous says:

      The Dean is a woman.

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        Long John Silver's parrot says:

        Well if they just came out with the truth in the first place…………………….

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    Eid Millidisaster says:

    On the telly he came over as terse and subtly annoyed all the time. If a woman, I would have looked elsewhere. Some though like danger.

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    curiousgeorge says:

    Ooops, it turns out that the Dean is a she not he.

    But I agree with the comment elsewhere that she erred in writing as Dean rather than as, and without disclosing that she is, a close friend of the ex-partner.

    She should consider her position and judgement, every bit as much as Mr Ruffley has.

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    • 103
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      What is the relevance of the sex of the complainant to this MP standing down ?

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    • 121
      Taxfodder says:

      Was thinking the same myself….

      Since when are Mr Ruffleys questionable antics at all religious matter, privately she is entitled to her opinion, but since when has Dean any official leave to judge and comment on others fitness for high office, would she not be more useful attending to those pressing matters concerning the church in Bury St Edmunds rather than embarking on one sided opinionated bitchfests…..seems like the Dean is not afraid of dishing out a bit of misplaced abuse herself…….will she resign too?

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  43. 100

    All our women know their scum dog pig place, white whore woman has no mercy under new boss, Alla.

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  44. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Guido-should there not have been a hat tip to “Taken” and Liam Neeson?

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  45. 113

    They just needed a good moment for bad news

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  46. 116
    Anonymous says:

    *pause* Good luck.

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  47. 123
    Rotherhampoofta says:

    Well done guido!

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  48. 129
    Mad Mad Mehdi & His Mate Mad Sidiq says:

    Ruffley speaking, a punch in the mouth usually does the trick!

    He would be much better off finding a position here:

    http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2014/07/welcome-to-islamist-turkey-women-should.html

    Then perhaps we could ship off Sadiq Khan to hold his hand and show him what it is like in a decent country!

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  49. 130
    mraemiller says:

    Doesn’t resign mean like leaving your job rather than clinging on for another 10 months?

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    • 132
      Mad Mad World says:

      Even better, in House of Lords, go to prison, do your time, come out, pop in for your £300 daily top up, perfect.

      Bent Rod assures us all, cannot get rid of criminal Lords as a change of law would be required!!!

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  50. 139
    Just Saying. says:

    I don’t mind a good witch hunt if the target is clearly reprehensible.
    In the case of Ruffley I am not so sure as even the odious BBC have refrained from commenting on it – perhaps because Guido is doing their job.

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  51. 141
    steve says:

    “We are proud to be members of the party who first gave women the vote,….” Typical Tory way of claiming initiative but they conveniently forget that they had to be dragged , kicking and screaming by the country’s women in the first place. Even then it took till 1928 for full equality with men !!

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  52. 144
    I'm actually ejaculating as you read this message says:

    Guido, you are bang out of order on this one.

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