Brooks Newmark, The Cabinet Officer minister has left his job after allegedly being caught sending explicit pictures of himself over the internet to a freelance male journalist posing as a female activist.
The Conservative MP for Braintree and campaigner to increase the role and number of women in politics issued a statement saying he was quitting After being told that the story would appear in a Sunday newspaper.
Newmark appealed for privacy for himself and his family.
He said: “I have decided to resign as minister for civil society having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper,” he said.
“I would like to appeal for the privacy of my family to be respected at this time. I remain a loyal supporter of this government as its long term economic plan continues to deliver for the British people.”
Downing Street said his resignation had been accepted and that Newmark had been replaced by Rob Wilson , a former aide to the chancellor, George Osborne.