A British MP, who has refused to apologise for her homophobia, has been implicated in three illicit affairs and is apparently seeking psychiatric treatment.
In 2008, Iris Robinson, a Northern Ireland Ulster Democratic Unionist Party MP, said in a parliamentary debate that “There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children”.
She also described homosexuality as “disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, wicked and vile” in a radio interview and claimed that gays and lesbians could be “cured” through psychiatric treatment.
Robinson (60), who is described as a fundamentalist Christian and publicly stated that “the government has the responsibility to uphold God’s laws,” has now been accused of having at least three extramarital affairs.
The media has focused on her alleged relationship with 19-year-old Kirk McCambley. It has been claimed that Robinson has known McCambley since he was nine years old and that she had an earlier affair with his father who died of cancer.
She has also been accused of assisting the teen to secure Â£50,000 worth of business loans without disclosing this to authorities as required by the law.
In April 2009, Robinson and her husband, Peter, who is currently First Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly, came under fire for excessive spending.
According to news reports, Robinson will step down from her position shortly and is said to be in a Belfast hospital receiving treatment.