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Suffolk: Mix of relief and sorrow as MP David Ruffley announces he will stand down in 2015

22:39 28 July 2014

David Ruffley MP

David Ruffley MP

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Conservatives in Suffolk greeted the news of Mr Ruffley’s retirement from Parliament with relief and sorrow as soon as his announcement was made public.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore was one of the first to turn up the heat on the Bury St Edmunds MP, making it clear that domestic abuse was never acceptable.

He said: “I am glad the matter has now been resolved and those involved can now move on.

“Domestic violence is unacceptable in any circumstances and whoever is involved and it is important that everyone understands that.

“Having said that David has been a very hard working MP for many years and that should not be forgotten.”

County councillor Joanna Spicer has known Mr Ruffley since he was first elected to fight the seat of Bury St Edmunds in the 1997 election.

She said that the news had seemed inevitable since news of Mr Ruffley’s caution had first emerged in the middle of last month – domestic abuse could never be ignored.

“This is not unexpected news and I would want to pay tribute to David Ruffley for his hard work over 17 years and held in great affection by many people in Bury St Edmunds.”

Mr Ruffley’s colleague in the House of Commons, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, said: “David has been a very good representative of Bury St Edmunds and he worked hard as a constituency MP at a time when that was not always expected by someone in a safe seat.”

County council vice-chairman Jane Storey is a member of the Bury St Edmunds Association executive, and a former member of its management committee.

She said: “I think he has made a sensible decision because it was becoming clear this was not going to go away and it would be a major problem.

“I was already getting adverse comments about it and the party’s response on the doorstep.

“It is sad because he was a good constituency MP but this meant it was impossible for him to carry on.”

The Bury St Edmunds Fawcett Society had led calls for Mr Ruffley’s departure. Eleanor Rehahn from the society said they had reservations about his departure.

She said: “We think he should go now, not wait until the election. He will still be around, still holding surgeries. How will he deal with people who bring this up?”

And Mark Ereira who has fought Mr Ruffley in several general elections for the Labour Party and – more recently – the Greens felt inevitability and sadness at the news.

He said: “I got on quite well with him personally, but he was flawed. We should have a by-election now and get it over with.”

7 comments

  • There is an on line website at www change org if you feel that he should be unseated now !

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • There is an on line website called www change org if you feel he should be unseated now !

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I doubt this will stop the press being on his back, which seems to be his main concern. I've heard there's more to come out. Also, expressing "regret" isn't saying "sorry".

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    James Lakin

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • A great loss, one of our better MP's .Took on board several local issues for our village and one for our disabled daughter,as I say an MP of this commitment will be very difficult to replace .I hope unlike other electors we don't end up with another jobs worth!

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    mjf

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Glad he is gone! reading comments he said yesterday he seemed to be blaming the press rather than himself, if he didnt raise his hand to a women then this would never of happened. Only himself to blame! He has been out of touch for a long while, voting against Gay marriage also last year showed how out of touch he is with the general public. Wont be missed.

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    S A

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I agree, it's not standing down at some point in the future that's wanted. It's instant resignation and a by election. Resisting this is making the T party look worse and worse but it's terrified of ukip.

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    Blackeye

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • David Ruffley . Should stand down straight away .

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    terence davies

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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