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08/11/2017 16:13 GMT

Tory Minister Mark Garnier Breaks Silence Over Sex Toy Scandal

Married father is being investigated by the Cabinet Office.

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Mark Garnier is sorry. 

The Tory minister who sent his former aide to buy sex toys has broken his silence to apologise. 

Mark Garnier, International Trade Minister, called his ex-assistant “sugartits” in front of others in a bar in 2010 and asked her to buy two sex toys from Soho. 

The married 53-year-old father-of-three claims he was friends with the woman and the incidents have been taken “outside the context”. 

Speaking to The Shuttle, Garnier said: “The events of 2010 concerning myself  and a former member of staff have been reported outside the context and circumstances in which they occurred.

“At the time we were friends, and I want to be clear that I did not force or pressure her into doing anything.

“It is right that the public expect high standards of behaviour from their elected representatives, and I apologise to my constituents that this situation has occurred.”

Garnier is facing a Cabinet Office probe into whether his actions broke the ministerial code.