Tory MP apologises over assault of former partner

David Ruffley pictured speaking in the Commons. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Tory MP has apologised for his "inappropriate action" after being given a police caution for common assault following an incident between him and his former partner.

Former police minister David Ruffley said his partner had accepted his apology for the March incident.

Mr Ruffley stressed that he did not condone domestic violence "under any circumstances".

His local Conservative association is due to meet to discuss the issue next week amid suggestions he is losing support in his Bury St Edmunds constituency.

"I regret this matter in its entirety and the position in which I put my former partner and I now ask that her privacy be respected," his statement added.