Crispin Blunt, the Justice Minister and MP for Reigate, has issued a brief statement as follows –

“Crispin Blunt wishes to make it known that he has separated from his wife Victoria. 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.”

The decent course to take in these circumstances is to wish Crispin, Victoria and their children well. The comment thread on this item is closed.