Conservative Party MP Mark Menzies Resigns As Ministerial Aide Following Rent Boy Allegations

Mark MenziesUK Conservative MP Mark Menzies has resigned from his post as ministerial aide after claims surfaced that he asked a Brazilian rent boy he was paying for sex to supply him with illegal drugs. The Daily Mail reports:  

In reports last night, Mr Rogerio Santos, said to be 19, claimed the Tory MP had paid him to have sex and asked him to obtain methedrone.

Texts on the Brazilian’s mobile phone apparently revealed messages asking him for full details about the quality of the drug and how much it cost.

Mr Santos, who lives in the Brazilian city Sao Paulo, said: ‘I have been having sex with a Conservative MP for money. Mark asked me to buy methedrone. I have personal messages of him talking to me about drugs.’

The Independent adds:

Mr Menzies has never spoken publicly about his sexuality and does not mention his family life or relationships on his website, but he is said to have attended LGBTory events held in Parliament.

In a statement issued on Saturday night he revealed he planned to dispute the claims, which appeared in a tabloid newspaper.

He said: “I have decided to resign as a PPS after a series of allegations were made against me in a Sunday newspaper.

“A number of these allegations are not true and I look forward to setting the record straight in due course.”

Menzies served as parliamentary private secretary to Alan Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP. 


  1. Victor says

    It’s bizarre that anyone, especially a senior government official, would send text message like that. Why document a crime? Hell, why put a poor prostitute in that position? It’s obvious the prostitute would be forced to by his poverty to take advantage of the situation to sell the story to a tabloid.

  2. says

    Don’t know his voting record and admit I am not very informed when it comes to UK politics. But from what I’ve seen from US politicians, I’m pretty well convinced that 99% of conservatives who go out of their way to oppose marriage equality or other civil rights for gays are big ol’ closet cases.

  3. Tatts says

    I have no knowledge of his politics in detail, nor how Tories line up on issues with Republicans or the Tea Party (other than generalities).

    But this guy is simply too stoopid to be in any kind of position of power. Seriously–how big a moron can you be to leave this kind of evidence trail?

  4. Ranju says

    @SPARKS, I checked. The Daily Mail (ugghhh that Murdoch rag, which is often slightly homophobic, not in this case so far)quoted MP Menzies who had sated he intended to abstain from the marriage equality vote, but went in and heard the debate and decided to vote for it.

    I think this is another part of the acceptance process- not that people should accept crooks or sleaze and corruption, but that gay people are people, too; thusly, gay politicians can be corrupt, too.

    It’s a power thing. Men ( because honestly, you rarely hear of powerful women caught up in hooker/prostitution stories) feel it’s ok since they’re in control, and they deserve/need/justify it because of their position.

  5. elgar says

    What is it with politicians and rent boys. Seriously, though. Can someone explain it to me? It is because they can’t have a real relationship with another man?

  6. edude says

    “A number of these allegations are not true and I look forward to setting the record straight in due course.”

    I myself look forward to seeing whether he does in fact set the record *straight* or *gay.*

  7. Joe in Ct says

    The allegations (some of them) are not true, therefore I’m resigning. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  8. anon says

    This is very much like the scandals in the nineties that ended the Tory logjam on gay rights issues. However, the impact of this scandal will be much smaller. If the GOP in the US had these types of scandals more often they too would stop using gay rights as a wedge issue. They are probably out there, but the press doesn’t really go looking for them enough.

  9. Kevin says

    Why are these things always accompanied by photos of the politician, who no one wants to see, and not photos of the rent boy, who everyone wants to see?

  10. Mags says

    @Elgar, It is the same reason why straight politicians can’t have a real relationship with a woman: Politicians and Prostitution go as much hand-in-hand as Catholic Priest and child molester.

  11. Mags says

    Also, @Dave, please no more of those silly “Gay Face” comments. They’re as prejudiced as black face and Jew Face. Yep, unhindered human evolution forces us into reconsidering hurtful words and to grasping fully the extent of their reverberation on a better egalitarian future.

  12. KC says

    How strange. A homophobic Republican politician is caught with a gay rent-boy. Better check with George Rekers to make sure it’s legit. Wait, no, it’s not. How many times does this story have to play out before the GOP faithful (and GOProud) finally get it?!

  13. Liam says

    KC: He is not a Republican. This is England not the US. Conservatives in the UK are not the same as the variety in the United States.