Sex pest Minister resigns

The Conservative Minister for Energy and Industrial policy, Andrew Griffiths, was forced to resign after it emerged he sent over 2,000 sexual explicit text messages to female constituents.

The MP for Burton also sent a young bar worker and her friend £700 and offered to pay for a flat so that they could meet for sex. 

Imogen Treharne described the content of the text messages to her as "vile".

"It got to the point where it was constant messaging, it was interfering with my life."

In a statement, Griffiths said: “I am deeply ashamed at my behaviour which has caused untold distress to my wife and family, to whom I owe everything, and deep embarrassment to the prime minister and the government I am so proud to serve,” he said.

“Following discussions today with the chief whip, I have referred myself to the Conservative Party’s code of conduct procedures. I entirely accept that pending this investigation it is right the whip is withdrawn.

“I do not seek to excuse my behaviour and will be seeking professional help to ensure it never happens again. In time I hope to earn the forgiveness of all those who put their trust in me and that I have let down so terribly.

“The prime minister and the government she leads will continue to have my full support.”

The resignation is another blow for the government, which was already reeling from a series of resignations over Theresa May’s Brexit strategy, and falling sharply in the polls. 

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