LONDON : A British lawmaker, who quit Prime Minister David Cameron’s government over an Internet sex scandal, has said he will stand down from parliament at the May general election. Brooks Newmark quit his post as minister for civil society on September 28, having sent an explicit photo of himself online to a male freelance reporter posing as a young female party activist. The 56-year-old, married father-of-five stepped down from the government shortly before the story appeared in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

US-born Newmark, who has been the Conservative member of parliament for Braintree, east of London, since 2005, wrote to party leader Cameron to say he will not defend his seat at the 2015 election.

“The continued media intrusion into past episodes in my personal life is placing an intolerable burden on my family. I have therefore decided to stand down at the general election,” he wrote. “I have no one to blame but myself and take full responsibility for my own actions. “I will remain a loyal supporter of the government.”