Mark Menzies: Tory MP resigns after as ministerial aide following allegations by Brazilian rent boy

MP for Fylde in Lancashire plans to dispute the claims

Adam Lusher
Saturday 29 March 2014 22:58
Mr Menzies has resigned
Mr Menzies has resigned

A Conservative MP has resigned as a ministerial aide following allegations made by a Brazilian rent boy.

Mark Menzies, 42, the MP for Fylde in Lancashire, resigned his position as the parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to the international development minister Alan Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP.

Mr Menzies has never spoken publicly about his sexuality and does not mention his family life or relationships on his website, but he is said to have attended LGBTory events held in Parliament.

In a statement issued on Saturday night he revealed he planned to dispute the claims, which appeared in a tabloid newspaper.

He said: “I have decided to resign as a PPS after a series of allegations were made against me in a Sunday newspaper.

“A number of these allegations are not true and I look forward to setting the record straight in due course.”

Fylde Conservative Association chairman Councillor Brenda Ackers said: "Mark has the full support of his constituency party."

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in