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The male aide who reportedly shared a hotel room with British foreign secretary William Hague (pictured left) during his general election campaign resigned Wednesday over "malicious" claims the two had shared an inappropriate relationship.
Hague issued an unusually personal statement to The Telegraph Wednesday morning denying any romantic involvement with adviser Christopher Myers (pictured right): "Any suggestion that the Foreign Secretary's relationship with Chris Myers is anything other than a purely professional one is wholly inaccurate and unfounded."
Hague said he was reacting to days of newspaper and Internet speculation about his relationship with Myers.
"He has now told me that, as a result of the pressure on his family from the untrue and malicious allegations made about him, he does not wish to continue in his position," the foreign secretary said.
Myers, 25, serves the Tory minister as a special adviser at the foreign office, a May appointment that generated criticism because the office already had two advisers.
Hague has been married to a woman since 1997.
The Hague denial comes just days after prisons minister Crispin Blunt came out and separated from his wife.