Simon Hughes was today forced to admit to being bisexual. His sexuality is in no way the issue. What is is the way he has consistently lied outright on the matter and profitted from homophobia.
Hughes was first elected in the Bermondsey by-election of 1983, getting elected on the back of a tide of homophobia against Labour candidate Peter Tatchell (yes that Peter Tatchell). Since then he has repeatedly flatly denied his sexuality when challenged. Now he has been exposed as a hypocrite on the matter. Antonia sums it up best.
But one has to wonder why this story came out now, when polls indicated Hughes was the favourite for the leadership, given that it would have been even more devastating for a party leader. Who has benefited from this?