MP Selaine Saxby quits Government post over Boris Johnson chaos

(Inevitable as part of Rishi’s Treasury Team, she was his PPS) – Owl

‘Trust, truth and integrity are vital in our work as politicians and public servants’

Part of the seven Nolan principles and not discretionary, so what took you so long to work this out? – Owl

ByGuy HendersonChief Reporter

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby has become the 19th member of parliament to resign from positions in Government in a chaotic day for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The exodus of Tory MPs was led last night by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

More followed this morning, and still more after the Prime Minister faced his critics during a stormy Prime Minister’s Questions session in the Commons. The Prime Minister had apologised for appointing MP Chris Pincher to a government role after being told about a misconduct complaint, which Mr Pincher denies.

The PM admitted he had been told about the complaint in 2019 – but had made a “bad mistake” by not acting on it. The Pincher problem heaped more pressure on a Prime Minister already reeling from “Partygate” and other issues during his time in office.

In a Tweet this afternoon the North Devon Conservative MP said: “With much regret I can no longer continue in my present role as PPS.” She has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary at both DEFRA and more recently the Treasury.

Her resignation letter reads: “I have not spoken out sooner as I had not wanted to be a distraction in the recent Tiverton and Honiton by-election and divert attention from our excellent candidate and hard-working volunteers.

“Trust, truth and integrity are vital in our work as politicians and public servants, and I had hoped that the reset earlier in the year might have given us the chance for a different direction. However, the events of this week have shown that not to be the case.