Another culture minister in the Cameron cabinet is in trouble over his relationship with a sex worker. But the big twist is four British Newspapers Spiked The Story…reports Asian Lite News
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, a divorcee, has denied that a relationship with a woman who turned out to be an escort has affected decisions in his current post…BBC reported.
Four newspapers learned about the relationship, which took place before he joined the cabinet, but decided not to publish the story.
Mr Whittingdale said he ended it as soon as he found out in February 2014.
Four newspapers – the People, the Mail on Sunday, The Sun and the Independent – had investigated the claims but had concluded the story was not in the public interest, Newsnight reported.
Labour called for him to withdraw from any further decisions over press regulation.
Downing Street said Mr Whittingdale “is a single man entitled to a private life” and had the full confidence of the prime minister.
Mr Whittingdale told BBC’s Newsnight: “Between August 2013 and February 2014, I had a relationship with someone who I first met through Match.com.
“She was a similar age and lived close to me. At no time did she give me any indication of her real occupation and I only discovered this when I was made aware that someone was trying to sell a story about me to tabloid newspapers. As soon as I discovered, I ended the relationship.
“This is an old story which was a bit embarrassing at the time. The events occurred long before I took up my present position and it has never had any influence on the decisions I have made as culture secretary.”
At the time of his relationship, Mr Whittingdale was serving as chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, a post he held for a decade.
On Sunday the journalism website Byline reported that Mr Whittingdale had had a relationship with a professional dominatrix and fetish escort.
The newspapers told Newsnight they did not run the story because it was not in the public interest.