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Hague denies gay affair after sharing hotel rooms with aide

Former Conservative leader William Hague was attempting to get back to business today after denying speculation he had an affair with a male aide.

Mr Hague said his special adviser Christopher Myers had resigned as a result of the "pressure" put on his family due to the "untrue and malicious allegations made about him".

The British Foreign Secretary also dismissed reports that his marriage was in trouble, revealing for the first time he and wife Ffion have suffered the trauma of multiple miscarriages, including one this summer.

Mr Hague was due to meet his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle for talks today as he attempts to draw a line under the situation, which had been fuelled by internet speculation.

In a highly personal statement, Mr Hague said: "Any suggestion that his appointment was due to an improper relationship between us is utterly false."

Mr Myers (25) was employed by Mr Hague during the general election campaign as a constituency aide.

Mr Hague admitted "occasionally" sharing hotel rooms with Mr Myers during the election. But he added: "Neither of us would have done so if we had thought that it in any way meant or implied something else.

"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 Ffion and to Christopher."

Following reports that his marriage was in difficulty, Mr Hague took the unusual step of revealing aspects of his private life with Ffion, whom he married in 1997.

Mr Hague said: "I have made no secret of the fact that Ffion and I would love to start a family. Sadly, this has proved more difficult for us than for most couples.

"We have encountered many difficulties and suffered multiple miscarriages, and indeed are still grieving for the loss of a pregnancy this summer.

"We are aware that the stress of infertility can often strain a marriage, but it has only brought us closer together.

"It has been an immensely traumatic and painful experience but our marriage is strong."

Mr Hague acknowledged that releasing his statement would cause "distress" for their families but insisted he had to reveal the "straightforward truth".

He said: "We have never made this information public because of the distress it would cause to our families and would not do so now were it not for the untrue rumours circulating.

"We wish everyone to know that we are very happily married.

"It is very regrettable to have to make this personal statement, but we have often said to each other 'if only they knew the truth...' Well, this is the straightforward truth."