Friday 20 September UK News feed. My husband left me for a man. Not so many years ago, the revelation that a married Tory MP was having a homosexual affair would have prompted anguished hand-wringing in the corridors of the House of Commons.
The Shadow Environment Minister, a close confidant of David Cameron, ended his year marriage to his wife Celeste in October when he told her about the affair. Father-of-three Mr Barker, 43, provoked a scandal when it was revealed that he had grown close to flamboyant interior designer William Banks-Blaney, That relationship eventually ended and Mr Barker began a relationship with year-old Greek public-relations executive George Prassas, who lives in Fulham, West London.
N ot many people have heard of Greg Barker. Those who have associate him with dogs. During his short time in the British government, he was most famous for warming a cushion in the ministerial office microwave for his sausage dog, Otto.
National media speculation this week suggested that members of the Bexhill and Battle Conservative Party was preparing to deselect Mr Barker for the next General Election. It has a month since the MP hit national headlines over his alleged gay affair with an interior designer. Councillor Simon Radford-Kirby, vice chairman of the Bexhill and Battle Conservative Association and East Sussex county councillor for the Pevensey division, said, ''Greg is an excellent constituency MP and has enjoyed my full support in the past and will continue to do so.
The two remained tight-lipped about their three-year relationship last night as facts emerged about Mr Banks-Blaney, Last night, the former boyfriend, who asked not to be named, said: "Yes I know William Banks-Blaney but I haven't spoken to him for a number of years. I don't want to say any more.
A Conservative shadow minister is at the centre of a scandal today after leaving his wife and children for another man. Mr Barker, 40, a father of three, is one of the wealthiest MPs. He is a close confidant of David Cameron and a former adviser to Roman Abramovich.
The Telegraph is speaking to MPs who are standing down at the general election in May. How did you end up in Parliament? I drifted away from politics in my 20s but ended up fighting a seat in in Eccles in Manchester — and Eccles fought back rather successfully.
Rising Tory star Greg Barker, his soon to be ex-wife Celeste and William Banks-Blaney — the man in his life - have struck up an unlikely friendship. The scandal that engulfed the politician, one of David Cameron's most trusted confidants, when news of his homosexual affair emerged rocked the Conservative Party and stunned Westminster. But the couple appear to have weathered the storm for, while their marriage will shortly be officially over, they remain friends — and, perhaps surprisingly, Mrs Barker has even met Mr Banks-Blaney.