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Brooks Newmark sexting story is 'not in the public interest'

A Conservative MP says he will complain to the new press watchdog about a story in the Sunday Mirror that led to Brooks Newmark resigning.

Mr Newmark, who stepped down from his role as minister for civil society, is reported to have posted an intimate photograph to an undercover journalist who was posing as a woman.

The married father of five has described himself as a "fool", saying he has no one to blame but himself and adding that he needed time with his family.

Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, Colin Bloom, told Premier the reporter's actions are unacceptable.

He said: "I can't understand what possible and what conceivable public interest there was for this journalist to trick and try and seduce him the way that they did.

"I think this again goes to the heart of the kind of politics that we need to see cleared up."

He added: "We should really be praying for him and his family that they will get through this very embarrassing and very difficult moral failure that he's been involved in.

Meanwhile, Mark Pritchard MP, who was also targeted by the reporter, has described it as 'attempted entrapment' and says he wants to know whether it broke the law or the press code of conduct.

The Sunday Mirror insists the story was legitimate and in the public interest.

But director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, Colin Bloom, tells Premier he thinks the paper has acted unfairly:

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