Justine Greening MP in same-sex relationship

International Development Secretary, Justine Greening has announced on Twitter that she is in a same-sex relationship.

Making the announcement on the same day as the Pride in London celebrations, Greening tweeted “Today’s a good day to say I’m happy in a same sex relationship”.

Referring to this week’s EU referendum, Greening continued:

“I campaigned for Stronger In but sometimes you’re better off out!”



Her announcement has been met with good will from her fellow Conservative Party politicians as well as professional rivals from the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.

Former Conservative Party Chairman, Sayeeda Warsi wished the couple “lots of love and happiness”, while Crispin Blunt MP, who came out in 2010, sent “huge hugs”.



Labour MP, Wes Streeting and Lib Dem, Stephen Williams also sent their congratulations and best wishes.



Greening becomes the first openly LGBT female cabinet minister and joins David Mundell MP, the Secretary of State for Scotland, who became the first openly gay cabinet minister for the Conservative Party. Lundell, who came out in January, also tweeted in response to Greening to say he was “So pleased” and that “Coming out was the best thing [he] ever did”.



Clearly stunned by the response, Greening subsequently tweeted:

“Amazed and overwhelmed by all of your messages of support, really very much appreciated!”



The announcement came as thousands of members of the LGBT community descended on the capital to celebrate the annual Pride in London festival.



One float in the parade included some famous faces as Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley appeared as their alter egos, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, to promote the release of the Absolutely Fabulous movie.



Pride in London 2016 has been running since 10 June but culminates this weekend with the parade and a series of events. More information on Pride in London can be found on their website including a list of events taking place this weekend.