By politics.co.uk staff
Tory prisons minister Crispin Blunt has left his wife and come out as a homosexual.
"Crispin Blunt wishes to make it known that he has separated from his wife Victoria," a statement from his office said.
"He decided to come to terms with his homosexuality and explained the position to his family. The consequence is this separation.
"There is no third party involvement, but this is difficult for his immediate and wider family and he hopes for understanding and support for them.
"The family do not wish to make any further public comment and hope that their privacy will be respected as they deal with these difficult private issues."
Mr Blunt has been the Tory MP for Reigate since 1997. He married seven years earlier and has two children.