Support for Suffolk MP who ‘fell in front of train’

FRIENDS and colleagues of Suffolk MP David Ruffley have said their thoughts are with him after he fell in front of a train and survived.

The incident happened at Victoria Station but, incredibly, the train passed over the Bury St Edmunds MP and he didn’t make contact with the live rail, leaving him only with cuts and bruises.

The 48-year-old was taken to hospital but it is understood he was released after treatment.

The incident happened on Thursday during rush hour, although details have only emerged today.

Mr Ruffley has been Tory MP for the Bury St Edmunds constituency, which also covers the Stowmarket area, since 1997.

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Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council deputy leader, said: “He sustained cuts and bruises in the incident and he was taken to a hospital in London.

“His constituency duties are being covered by councillors and neighbouring MPs and we all hope he makes a rapid and full recovery.

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“It’s all very sad, he is such a nice man and he cares so deeply for the constituency and the people who live here.”

She added: “We don’t know all the circumstances but our thoughts are with him and we will offer all the support we can to him.”

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “We attended Victoria mainline railway station on June 17 after a 48-year-old man was struck by a train.

“The incident was reported to police at 5pm and is currently being treated as “non-suspicious”.

“London Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.”

A spokeswoman for the Conservative Party said: “David Ruffley received minor injuries at a London railway station on Thursday evening.”

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