MP Jamie Wallis says he is trans as he reveals rape ordeal and £50,000 blackmail plot
Written by Gavin on 30th March 2022
A Tory MP has announced he is trans in a highly personal Twitter post that also sets out his experiences of rape and blackmail.
Jamie Wallis, MP for Bridgend, said he had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria adding: “I’ve felt this way since I was a very young chlld”.
Mr Wallis also detailed a catalogue of traumatic incidents including a blackmail attempt in 2020, an incident last September when he was raped by a man he met online, and a car crash in November when he fled the scene.
MPs from across the political spectrum sent messages of support following the Twitter statement.
Mr Wallis said:
“I’m trans. Or to be more accurate, I want to be.
“I’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this way since I was a very young child.
“I had no intention of ever sharing this with you.
“I always imagined I would leave politics well before I ever said this out loud.”
In his statement he said that in April 2020 “someone blackmailed me, outed me to my father and sent photographs to other family members”, demanding £50,000 “to keep quiet”.
Mr Wallis said the man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
“For a while it seemed as though I would be able to get on with things and move on.
“Being an MP and hiding something like this was always going to be tough, but I arrogantly assumed I was up for it.
“Well I’m not.
“A few months back, in September, I ‘hooked up’ with someone who I met online and when I chose to say ‘no’ on the basis that he wouldn’t wear a condom he chose to rape me.
“I have not been myself since this incident and I don’t think I will ever recover.
“It is not something you ever forget, and it is not something you ever move on from.
“Since then things have really taken a tumble. I am not OK.
“When I crashed my car on 28 November I fled the scene. I did so because I was terrified.
“I have PTSD and I honestly have no idea what I was doing except I was overcome by an overwhelming sense of fear.
“I am sorry that it appears I ‘ran away’ but this isn’t how it happened in the moment.”
Mr Wallis said he had received “a lot of support” from Conservative whips since he was elected.