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Cabinet Office Minister Brooks Newmark has resigned as Minister for Civil Society after he was caught sending an explicit photograph of himself to someone he believed was a woman over the internet. Photo credit: PA Wire

Cabinet Office Minister Brooks Newmark has resigned as Minister for Civil Society after he was caught sending an explicit photograph of himself to someone he believed was a woman over the internet. Photo credit: PA Wire

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Conservative MP Mark Reckless is welcomed to UKIP by party leader Nigel Farage after the tory MP announced he was defecting on the second day of the UKIP party conference in Doncaster.  Party leader Nigel Farage declared that in the run up to next years general election UKIP will be targeting voters in Conservative and Labour heartlands.  Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Conservative MP Mark Reckless is welcomed to UKIP by party leader Nigel Farage after the tory MP announced he was defecting on the second day of the UKIP party conference in Doncaster. Party leader Nigel Farage declared that in the run up to next years general election UKIP will be targeting voters in Conservative and Labour heartlands. Photo credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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Cabinet Office Minister Brooks Newmark has resigned as Minister for Civil Society after he was caught sending an explicit photograph of himself to someone he believed was a woman over the internet. Photo credit: PA Wire

British PM David Cameron was plunged into a double crisis last night after one of his ministers resigned over a sex scandal and another MP defected to Ukip.

On the eve of the Conservative Party's annual conference, Brooks Newmark quit as the minister for civil society after he was caught sending an explicit photograph of himself to someone he believed was a woman over the internet.

Sources say Mr Newmark sent the image to someone posing as a user of a social networking website as part of a tabloid newspaper sting operation.

The revelations will be particularly damaging for Cameron's effort to win more support from women. Mr Newmark is co-chairman and founder of the 'Women2Win' campaign, which aims to get more women into parliament.

He initiated a private message conversation on a social networking website and sent a graphic picture exposing himself while wearing a pair of paisley pyjamas.

The resignation came hours after Mark Reckless, the MP for Rochester and Strood, announced on television that he was defecting to the UK Independence Party.

He became the second Tory MP to defect to Ukip since the 2010 election.

Sunday Independent