The Bridgen representative said he was “not ok” as he opened up about his mental health in a statement published on his website in the early hours of this morning.
It was published just hours after attending a bonding dinner organised for Conservative MPs at which he said he was “reminded of the incredible support those you work with can provide”.
Opening up, he wrote: “I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be.
“I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child. I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.
“There was a close call in April 2020 when someone blackmailed me, outed me to my father and sent photographs to other family members.
“He wanted £50,000 to keep quiet. The police were so supportive, so understanding and on this occasion the system worked.”
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