Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

U.K. Lawmaker Brooks Newmark Quits Politics Amid Sexting Scandal

Image: Brooks Newmark
Connecticut-born Brooks Newmark, 56, will not seek re-election for Britain's Westminster parliament in May.Oli Scarff / Getty Images, file

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.

LONDON — An American-born lawmaker in Britain's parliament is quitting politics amid a sexting scandal. Brooks Newmark, who is originally from Westport, Connecticut, stood down from his Cabinet position as minister for civil society two weeks ago after he sent explicit photos to a male reporter posing as a female party activist. On Sunday, the married father of five announced he would not stand for re-election in May after a second story in The Sun on Sunday newspaper revealed racy photos he had sent to a single mom. The 56-year-old millionaire also said he would seek psychiatric help.

"Behind the outward facade of success and achievement, I have been battling demons — and losing to them," Newmark wrote in a lengthy statement in the Mail on Sunday. "I craved adrenaline and risk." The Conservative politician said the messages were "a series of flirtations in response to approaches from women on social media."

Image: Brooks Newmark
Connecticut-born Brooks Newmark, 56, will not seek re-election for Britain's Westminster parliament in May.Oli Scarff / Getty Images, file

IN-DEPTH

SOCIAL

- Alexander Smith

Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
MORE FROM news