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Tory minister quits over 'explicit photos' sting

A Tory MP has resigned as Minister for Civil Society after being notified of a newspaper story on his private life due to be published tomorrow.

Brooks Newmark, the Conservative MP for Braintree, Essex, has resigned from his governmental position, Downing Street confirmed.

He said in a statement: “I have decided to resign as Minister for Civil Society having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper.

“I would like to appeal for the privacy of my family to be respected at this time. I remain a loyal supporter of this Government as its long term economic plan continues to deliver for the British people.”

He had reportedly been caught sending explicit photographs of himself to women posing as social networking users.

Mr Newmark has been in the ministerial post since 15 July, in a role that works in co-operation with the Cabinet Office on “public sector efficiency and reform, including transparency and fraud, error and debt,” the government’s website states.

His surprise resignation comes just hours after another Tory MP spectacularly resigned - though for altogether different reasons.

Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, has defected to Ukip and stood down from his role triggering a by-election. He made the announcement at the Ukip party conference in Doncaster today and becomes the second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month.

Details of the story that led to Mr Newmark’s departure are still unknown, but they will be in an article yet to be published by the Sunday Mirror.

US-born Mr Newmark has been the Conservative MP for Braintree since May 2005. He was made a Cabinet Office minister in David Cameron's reshuffle in July, after working as a Tory whip from 2007 and being elected to the Treasury Select Committee in 2012.

The Daily Telegraph reports that he will replaced by Rob Wilson, a former aide to Chancellor George Osborne.

Independent News Service