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19 JUL

MP apologises to town

By timesecholife on in All News, Latest News

SHAMED MP, Andrew Griffiths has issued a 'personal apology' to everyone in Uttoxeter after a national newspaper revealed he had been exchanging lewd messages with two Burton barmaids.

The 47-year-old husband and father to a 12-week-old baby girl, sent around 2,000 messages – many with explicit sexual content – to the two women over a three week period in June and July.

MP for Burton and Uttoxeter, Mr Griffiths resigned his post as minister for Small Business following the exposé in the Sunday Mirror.

He pledged to ‘rebuild’ the trust of his family and his constituents and asked to be judged on his work record as MP for the last eight years rather than a ‘few moments of stupidity.’

The Sunday Mirror featured an interview with Imogen Treharne, 28, a barmaid from Winshill in Burton-upon-Trent.

She revealed Mr Griffiths had been following her social media accounts for several months before making contact after she posted a ‘racy’ video online.

In the following weeks, he sent hundreds of messages in which he styled himself ‘daddy’ and asked the girls to send him sexual images and videos in exchange for money.

Mr Griffiths has apologised to his family, constituents and political colleagues for his actions and resigned as a government minister, but vowed to continue to represent Burton and Uttoxeter as MP.

Uttoxeter’s Mayor, Alison Trenery, said: “I was as surprised as everyone else to hear this news, and I would like to extend my sympathy to Mr Griffith’s wife and family who must be going through a very difficult time at the moment.

“I am sure Mr Griffiths will be consulting his Constituency Association about the situation and working with them to consider his future plans given the serious issues that have arisen.”

In a statement to the press, Mr Griffiths said: “I would like to personally apologise to everyone in Burton and Uttoxeter for my actions over a two week period.

“The messages were written during a period of great personal pressure and in no way represent my views or actions.

“I have chosen to resign as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business as my behaviour fell well below the standards expected of me.

“I hope that people will judge me on my actions and achievements during eight years as Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter rather than a few moments of stupidity.

“My priority now is my family, and rebuilding their trust.

“I hope that Kate and Alice will be able to forgive me for the distress and upset I have caused them, and I am determined to do whatever it takes.

“I am undertaking professional treatment to ensure I never make the same mistake again. I am grateful for the messages of support and understanding that I have received.

“No casework will slip and everything will be dealt with fully while I am seeking help.

“My greatest honour is to be your Member of Parliament. I will continue to work hard for the people of Burton and Uttoxeter, and to restore their trust in me.

“I understand the hurt and disappointment I have caused to my family, friends and constituents.

“I want to continue the work I have done for those constituents and build on the achievements of the last eight years but in order to do that I know I need to try and rebuild the trust and confidence of everyone I represent.

“I will continue to represent my constituents and deal with all casework but hope for a period of privacy in the short term where I can focus on my treatment, my family and my work.”

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