Scottish Cabinet Minister David Mundell comes out

David Mundell has become the first openly gay Tory cabinet minister, saying that his decision to come out was “one of the most important decisions of [his] life”.

Scottish MP David Mundell

Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland & Conservative MP, made the announcement on his website, saying, “I have already set out my political priorities for the year and now I am setting out my personal one. Having taken one of the most important decisions of my life and resolved to come out publicly as gay in 2016.”

He continued, “How can it be both so easy and so hard to say a few short words?” he continued. “In the end, it took just a couple of taps on a keyboard, yet at some points, in my mind, it was going to be harder than standing for election, speaking in the House of Commons or being cross-examined on television.

“I so admire the many people, young and old, who are doing this every day, uncertain of the reaction. I have been very fortunate and couldn’t have had more love and support from my family and friends. However, making this public is something I have had to do myself. I don’t know what the wider reaction will be, but I know it’s the right thing for me to do.”

The public response has been hugely positive, with countless people tweeting the minister with their support.

Mundell responded to the outpour of support, saying:

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