Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has revealed he had a relationship with a sex worker.
He claimed he did not know her real occupation and ended the relationship as soon as he found out when he was approached by a journalist in February 2014.
Mr Whittingdale, who was appointed secretary of state for culture, media and sport in May 2015 - insisted it had no impact on any decisions he made.
A Downing Street official told ITV News that Mr Whittingdale's job was not in jeopardy and that he was "entitled to a private life".
In a statement, Mr Whittingdale said:
Between August 2013 and February 2014, I had a relationship with someone who I first met through Match.com.