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Tory MP in row over colleague’s sex assault conviction to quit parliament

A Tory MP who sparked fury by coming to the defence of a colleague discovered responsible of kid sex assault has introduced he’ll stand down from parliament on the subsequent election.

Crispin Blunt was pressured to apologise and resign as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on world LGBT+ rights after condemning the conviction of Imran Ahmad Khan as an “international scandal”.

First elected as MP for Reigate 25 years in the past in 1997, Mr Blunt has been certainly one of parliament’s loudest defenders of homosexual and transgender rights since popping out in 2010.

In an announcement asserting his choice to step down, he stated he would use his remaining time in parliament to “continue to call out long-established populist views on policy shibboleths that continue to cause damage to our society and beyond”.

After serving as a military officer after which an adviser to then international secretary Malcolm Rifkind – who he later backed in a Tory management battle – Mr Blunt was chosen to struggle the Surrey seat after predecessor Sir George Gardiner defected to the anti-EU Referendum Party.

He served on the Conservative frontbench in opposition beneath Iain Duncan Smith, however quit his function in 2003, arguing the chief was a “handicap” to the get together’s fortunes.

After serving as an opposition whip beneath Michael Howard, he joined the coalition Tory-Lib Dem authorities as prisons minister in 2010.

His separation from his spouse and choice to come out as homosexual in 2010 is believed to have prompted a vote by his native get together government in not to endorse his candidacy for the subsequent election, however the choice was overturned in a postal poll of constituency members.

In 2016 he raised eyebrows in parliament by stating throughout a Commons debate on proposals to ban poppers that he was a person of the substance.

In a submit on his web site, 61-year-old Mr Blunt – the uncle of actress Emily Blunt – stated he needed to “use this 25th anniversary to make public, what those closest to me have known privately for some time, that after seven increasingly tumultuous parliaments, this will be my last”.

Mr Blunt’s departure will spark a scramble amongst would-be Tory MPs to be chosen candidate in the ultra-safe seat of Reigate, which has been Conservative since 1910 – other than Gardiner’s transient stint as Referendum Party MP – and recorded a majority of 18,310 in the 2019 election.

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