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Tory MP cautioned by police after assaulting partner 'should go'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Legal

Tory MP cautioned by police after assaulting partner 'should go' Tory MP cautioned by police after assaulting partner 'should go'

A Tory MP who is facing disciplinary action after attacking his girlfriend has been urged to resign.

David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmonds, assaulted his partner in his home four months ago, and was cautioned by police.

With calls for him to step down, Ruffley issued an apology through his legal team, claiming that he does not "condone domestic violence".

The MP's plight has been referred to new chief whip Michael Gove, who will now consider what action, if any, to take.

The case was brought to Gove's attention by none less than the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk, Ruffley's constituency.

In a letter to Gove, the Very Reverend Frances Ward wrote: "I had received sufficient comment and concern from a wide circle of people, both within the cathedral and through the town and county, to have arrived at the opinion that your position is untenable.

"I hope you take on board the extent of the concerns that I shared with you, for the sake of the town of Bury St Edmunds and the Conservative Party.

"It is my belief that you have lost the confidence of a significant proportion of your former supporters and should consider your position."

The dean has been joined by support groups and the police in calling for the Tory to go.

On his website, Ruffley writes that his mother "taught me the virtues of self reliance, compassion and personal and social responsibility".

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