Tories apologise after MP ‘incorrectly’ outed as gay Imran Ahmad Khan has said that press reports saying he was openly gay are inaccurate.
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CONSERVATIVES LGBT+ have apologised after a new MP was wrongly outed as gay.
Imran Ahmed Khan, who was elected as the Conservative MP for Wakefield, made headlines after he was incorrectly named as the UK’s first openly gay elected Muslim. But on Tuesday (17) the Conservative LGBT+ Group posted a correction, saying: “We are incorrect to describe him as an ‘out’ LGBT candidate.”
The website explained that an “application was made in his name to the LGBT+ Conservatives Candidates’ Fund”, but Khan informed them the application had been made in error. The statement added that Khan “fully endorses” the group’s aims, “but is not an out LGBT MP”.
It added: “We apologise unreservedly for the incorrect reference to him as such.”
Taking to Twitter, Khan wrote: “I am in Parliament to serve the people who elected me, whatever their race, religion, gender, sexuality, or politics. I promise to do my best!”
The recently concluded general election saw Khan ousting Mary Creagh to become the first Conservative in decades to take the seat of Wakefield away from Labour.