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Conservative British MP comes out; foreign Minister denies being gay

By |2018-01-16T08:32:41-05:00August 9th, 2010|News|

Conservative British Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt, the government’s minister for prisons and probation, announced Aug. 28 that he has separated from his wife of 20 years so he can embrace being gay.
A statement issued by his office said: “Crispin Blunt wishes to make it known that he has separated from his wife Victoria. He decided to come to terms with his homosexuality and explained the position to his family. The consequence is this separation. There is no third party involvement, but this is difficult for his immediate and wider family and he hopes for understanding and support for them. The family do not wish to make any further public comment and hope that their privacy will be respected as they deal with these difficult private issues.”
Blunt, 50, is a former Army officer. He has been an MP since 1997.
Meanwhile, British Foreign Minister William Hague released a statement Sept. 1 denying that he’s been having an affair with a 25-year-old male assistant, who nonetheless resigned because of what Hague called “untrue and malicious allegations” that the two are involved.
Hague, 49, acknowledged that he and the adviser, Christopher Myers, had “occasionally” shared a hotel room during the election campaign.
“In hindsight I should have given greater consideration to what might have been made of that, but this is in itself no justification for allegations of this kind, which are untrue and deeply distressing to me, to (my wife) Ffion and to Christopher,” Hague said.
“Any suggestion that his appointment was due to an improper relationship between us is utterly false, as is any suggestion that I have ever been involved in a relationship with any man,” he said.

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