London, July 15: Andrew Griffiths, the minister for small business in the United Kingdom, also a prominent supporter of Pakistan, resigned from the government after being found to have sent more than 2000 text messages of a sexual nature to two female constituents.
He is a former chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, a UK-based forum, which he used to push Pakistan’s position on Kashmir.
The 47-year-old minister, after resigning, released a statement apologising for his inappropriate behavior.
Across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat, Griffiths reportedly sent more than 2,000 messages in three weeks to two barmaids: Treharne and another woman.
Treharne said she “always asked him about his interests” but that the conversation “always turned back to sex”.
The Guardian quoted the minister’s statement as saying, “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 added, “I tendered my resignation as parliamentary under secretary of state for small business on Friday night.”The minister, a former chief of staff to Prime Minister Theresa May, said that he would be seeking professional help to address the issue of sending sexually explicit texts to the women of his constituency.
He said, “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 Guardian, quoted the Sunday Mirror as terming the content of Griffiths’ messages as ‘depraved’.
The Sunday Mirror said, “In a string of texts Griffiths called himself “Daddy”, promised money if he received racy images and described perverted and rough sex he claimed to have had with other women.”
He is a former Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, a forum he used to push Pakistan’s position in Kashmir in the United Kingdom.
Griffiths, MP for Burton, and Theresa May’s chief of staff in opposition between 2004 and 2006, told the Mirror he was “deeply ashamed”.
His behaviour had caused “untold distress” to his wife and family to whom he “owed everything”, he said.