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Sex scandal MP to stand down from British Parliament

Brooks Newmark sent an explicit photo of himself online to a male freelance reporter posing as a young female party activist.

Image: Frank Vincini

A TORY MINISTER who quit his job in a sexting scandal has said he will stand down from the British Parliament next May.

Brooks Newmark quit his post as minister for civil society on 28 September, having sent an explicit photo of himself online to a male freelance reporter posing as a young female party activist.

The 56-year-old, married father-of-five stepped down from the government shortly before the story appeared in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

Newmark has written to David Cameron and said that he won’t defend his seat in the Braintree constituency.

“I have no one to blame but myself and take full responsibility for my own actions,” he wrote.

“I will remain a loyal supporter of the government.”

The methods used by the paper have been criticised by the head of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, but the paper insists it was in the public interest.

They have, however, apologised to the Swedish model whose photo was used.

Read: Bad day for Cameron: Minister quits over ‘explicit photos’ and MP defects to UKIP

Read: Poll: Was this Tory MP right to resign after a ‘sexting’ sting?

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