A Conservative MP is to end the “open secret” of his sexuality by attending the launch of a support group for gay politicians, says his agent.

Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, 53, has won praise from gay MPs from other parties for his decision to back the group ParliOut.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant who sits on the board of ParliOut, tweeted: “Glad to see Nigel Evans is ‘coming out’. An open secret in Parliament for years”.

Mr Evans’s agent said the MP had given an interview to a Sunday newspaper to explain why he was being open about his personal life.

It means the number of openly gay MPs in the Commons is 22, with more than half Tories.

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