My Letter in The Guardian - Rennard and Ruffley Undermine Their Own Parties


David Ruffley’s apology for assaulting his ex-partner is too little too late (Report, 24 July). Someone who perpetrates domestic violence has no right then to say he does not condone it. That is saying “do as I say, not as I do”. He must stand down.

There is another issue here. David Ruffley has taken months to speak to his constituents and did so through a solicitor. Is that open, transparent and accountable? Then there is the matter of Mr Ruffley’s political party. Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, and Councillor Jenny Antill, chair of Suffolk Domestic Abuse Forum, have rightly spoken out. But their response feels like hollow rhetoric when locally and nationally the Conservative Association fails to take swift action on this issue.

Jane Basham
Labour parliamentary candidate, South Suffolk


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