Sex scan­dal ex-mp ‘com­fort­able with be­ing gay’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

FOR­MER Lib­eral Demo­crat MP Mark Oaten has fi­nally ad­mit­ted to him­self that he is gay – 13 years af­ter a sex scan­dal de­stroyed his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Mr Oaten dra­mat­i­cally quit front­line pol­i­tics in 2006 af­ter it was re­vealed he had been hav­ing en­coun­ters with a group of male es­corts.

The then-mar­ried father and po­ten­tial can­di­date for the Lib­eral Demo­crat lead­er­ship said at the time the af­fair was an “er­ror of judg­ment”.

Mr Oaten said: “I’m gay now and I’m com­fort­able with be­ing gay and I’m clear about my sex­u­al­ity.”

The for­mer politi­cian, who now lives with his male part­ner, told BBC Ra­dio 5 Live’s Emma Bar­nett that the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment at West­min­ster, which he claims drove him to seek out sex work­ers, was “a hor­rid cul­ture that’s still the same”.

He added: “You are in this kind of bub­ble where you are able to get away with any­thing.

“I would de­scribe it as a seedy, bul­ly­ing men’s club.”

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