The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

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- By Pat Hurst

A TORY MP who resigned as a ministeria­l aide after claims made by a Brazilian male escort was yesterday said to be considerin­g his answer to the allegation­s.

Mark Menzies, pictured, quit as a parliament­ary private secretary to internatio­nal developmen­t minister Alan Duncan following a Sunday Mirror investigat­ion into his personal life.

The MP for the Fylde, was yesterday in his constituen­cy home in St Annes on the Fylde coast in Lancashire.

In a statement, the Fylde MP 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.”

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said it was “very sad” when people’s personal lives impacted on their careers.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “This is a personal matter for the individual concerned. I have not read the front page of the (Sunday) Mirror this morning.

“It’s always very sad when people are involved in personal issues that impact on their careers, but that’s a matter for the person concerned.” Tory MP David Ruffley told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme: “I think that 30 years ago it would be automatic resignatio­n if an MP was in a difficulty like this.”

Mr Menzies, 42, was elected in 2010 and was swiftly promoted to be a ministeria­l aide, serving former energy minister Charles Hendry and former housing minister Mark Prisk before his role with Mr Duncan.

Mr Menzies grew up in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, and was raised by his mother after his father died a month before he was born.

He studied economics and social history at Glasgow University before embarking on a career in retail, starting out at Marks & Spencer as a graduate trainee.

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