Liberal Democrat leadership frontrunner Simon Hughes has denied suggestions that he is gay.Well I say, good! That's all that put to bed then. We've had enough sodding flak recently over the whole Kennedy and Oaten affairs, and I think this soft of definitive, no bullshit, straight-talking statement is exactly the sort of thing we need right now. Well done Simon!
The party president and new bookmakers' favourite for the role was asked in an interview in the Independent newspaper on Monday whether rumours surrounding his sexuality were true.
He dismissed the claims, but suggested that the country is ready for a gay party leader or premier.
"No, I'm not," he said. "But it absolutely should not matter if I was.
"If I was, and if people were to judge me on that, I would ask them to think again.
"There is no reason why you shouldn't have a gay leader of a party, or even a gay prime minister. I don't think this is an issue."
Hughes has faced the rumours since he won his North Southwark and Bermondsey seat in a bitter by-election campaign in 1983.
The 54-year-old is still single. He said he had thought about getting married "often", but that MPs were entitled to a private life.
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