Mark Oaten, a former Liberal Democrat frontbencher who resigned amid scandal, is looking to make his electoral return in the upcoming local elections. The Lib Dems’ former Home Affairs spokesman, who made it into Guido’s A-Z of Lib Dem scandal, was forced to resign after he was exposed for his three-in-a-bed rent boy sessions. The News of the World reported he made requests “too revolting to describe”. Guido did think it would take longer to find a candidate with sexual proclivities so exotic as to rival Chris Mawby.
Oaten intends to stand in Severn Vale ward in South Gloucestershire – a seat where the Lib Dems came second in 2019. It’s certainly a result to watch on election night, though not everyone is excited for Mark’s comeback. As a local co-conspirator puts it, he is “truly an unflushable turd”.
UPDATE: Mark Oaten emails…
I get you need content. But I do ask you consider the following. What happened to me was 20’years ago. The news of the world issued a full apology. They admitted to hacking my phone. They paid a compensation. The guys that wrote the story went to jail. I made mistakes for sure. But do you not think it’s time to let me move on??
All the best
The Liberal Democrats have today released their latest PR stunt – a creative A-Z list of Conservative sleaze and scandal. So, Guido has taken the opportunity to provide a bit of balance to the debate by compiling one for the Lib Dems. Strap in…
There is enough scandal material over the years to do the alphabet twice over…
Party conference memorabilia doesn’t come more crap…
Disgraced LibDem MP Mark Oaten tells the Press Gazette that the News of the Screws had known of his activities for three years but had chosen to wait until he was better known to report his use of rent-boys. He claims:
“They had my story for three years I think, but hung on to it and never did anything with it. They could have made that public interest argument at any point in the three years. I had always been a Member of Parliament, but they waited until it could sell most newspapers, at the point at which I became well-known and at my most famous…. What annoys me is when they essentially expose people’s private lives and pretend they’re doing society a great service.”
In response to Oaten’s claims, a News of the World spokesman said: “The allegations were proven true… Mr Oaten is correct that we are indeed in the business of selling papers, however we chose not to print details of his grubby activities on the front page of a family newspaper… With that in mind, perhaps it is the married MP who paid rent boys for kinky sex who should consider a more ‘upfront and honest’ approach.”
The question which arises in Guido’s mind is that if as Mark Oaten reckons the Screws had known about his rent-boy frolics for three-years, doesn’t that contradict his original excuses? He claimed that it was the sudden onset of male pattern baldness that unbalanced him. Sudden? Journalists knew for over three years?
Hat-tip : Pink News
“Well I think when you go through an experience like that, when it is, literally, splattered all over the tabloids…”
On BBC Radio Four “Women’s hour”
If you have unresolved sexual identity problems it is an interesting choice as a place to spend your wedding anniversary. “Just nipping out for a minute darling…”