Tory MP was rejected for being gay

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Senior Conservative Sir Alan Duncan has revealed that he was once denied a job in government due to his sexuality. The veteran Tory MP was the first sitting Conservative to voluntarily come out as gay in 2002 but his work colleagues have always known he was gay. The MP for Rutland and Melton, who currently serves as Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, opened up today about his experiences as a gay Tory MP in the 1990s. and as he applied for a job as a government whip he was blackballed and he believes there is no reason for it but his sexuality. Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, Sir Alan said: “When I was first an MP, a senior officer in the party took me out to lunch and was probing, saying, ‘are you?’ but didn’t ask directly. It was like saying ‘have you got a secret criminal record?’ – I just thought this was absurd.” He is not blaming the then-PM, saying that nothing actually depended on him and as for other whips they just were afraid to spoil their reputation. Of his decision to come out in 2002, he said: “I’d reached the point, having been in Parliament for ten years, that I was senior enough not to be dismissed as irrelevant. I had to be honest, and the time had come where, why the hell should it matter?”

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