Andrew Griffiths apologises for "few moments of stupidity" after 2,000 sex texts
Scandal-hit MP Andrew Griffiths has apologised to his constituents over what he described as a "few moments of stupidity" after perverted demands he made in 2,000 texts to two barmaids.
The married Tory minister said his messages were sent during a period of "great personal pressure", claiming that they do not represent his views.
The married father-of-one – whose daughter Alice was born just three months ago – resigned from his post as minister for small business on Friday ahead of revelations in the Sunday Mirror about the lewd messages today.
He has now told the Burton Mail his priority is rebuilding the trust of his family and says he will work hard to ensure people in Burton and Uttoxeter can also trust him again.
Andrew Griffiths’ statement in full reads: “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.”
Text messages revealed by the Sunday Mirror show his conversations with Imogen Treharne and another woman.
His contact with Imogen and her friend – who has not been named – began one hour after she posted a “racy” video on Snapchat at 7pm on June 16.
Andrew Griffiths sexts scandal
He had been following the two women on Snapchat and Facebook for six months after seeing Imogen’s friend at work while out in his constituency.
Instagram allows users to see who has been viewing their videos. It showed Mr Griffiths was among the two girls’ biggest “fans” – watching them over and over again in the months before he made contact.
He asked them to tie each other up and boasted: “I can be an evil ******* when I’m turned on.”
Imogen told the Sunday Mirror: “I wanted him to be a nice guy, but by the end I felt dirty. I felt like I was being used for this wealthy man’s gratification."
Imogen revealed how Mr Griffiths boasted he had beaten women during sex sessions, he asked her to beat her friend for his pleasure and the MP paid them more than £700 – asking for nude pictures and videos in return.
Other messages sent later include one on June 23, where Mr Griffiths offered to rent an apartment so he could meet the girls for sex.
And on June 24 he fantasised about violent sex with the girls, offering to buy matching outfits and to take them lingerie shopping.
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