2019-09-09 08:51:57 UTC
A Conservative MP who bombarded two young women with lewd text messages
has been cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog.
Andrew Griffiths, 48, a married father, resigned as minister for small
business last July after it was revealed he had sent 2,000 sexual texts
to Imogen Treharne, a barmaid, and her friend in just 21 days, weeks
after the birth of his first child.
The watchdog said it had not found evidence that the Burton and
Uttoxeter MP sent the messages while engaged in parliamentary activities
and allegations that he breached the House of Commons code of conduct
were not upheld.
Griffiths is said to have bombarded Treharne, 28, and her friend with
messages in which he referred to himself as “Daddy” and asked for
explicit photos. A resolution letter said: “Mr Griffiths’ conduct has
undoubtedly damaged his own reputation, as well as his health and family
relationships. However damaging these events have been for Mr Griffths
personally, I am not persuaded that the texts he exchanged with the two
women have caused significant damage to the reputation of the House of
Commons as a whole, or of its Members generally.”
Griffiths said: “I’m grateful to the commissioner for dismissing this
complaint. She has confirmed that I was suffering from a mental
health-related breakdown at the time which led to my actions".