Senior Conservative Alan Duncan has become the first sitting Tory MP to declare
publicly that he is gay. Party leader Ian Duncan Smith who's desperate to modernise
the Tories, has welcomed his shadow foreign minister's decision.|
Mr Duncan Smith said in a letter to him: "What you have done is honest and will
not affect you in any way politically in the future."
Alan Duncan speaking on BBC TV
Alan Duncan told The Times newspaper "The Tory view has always been, 'We don't mind,
but don't say'. Well, that doesn't work any more. I think the only realistic way to
behave these days, particularly if you are a politician, is to be absolutely honest."
The MP said he had received "fantastic" support from his Rutland and
Melton Mowbray constituents.
Kenneth Bool, who's chairman of Alan Duncan's local Tory association backed their MP
"His honesty is not an act of confession, it is a refreshing act of initiative and
typical of the man ...It is simply not an issue, as we believe most people will take
a mature view and will not be overly concerned."
Though a member of Ian Duncan Smith's frontbench team, Alan Duncan was a prominent supporter
of Michael Portillo's bid to lead the Conservative Party, and he ran William Hague's
successful leadership campaign.