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Meriden MP resigns from health role as 'conscience' will not allow him to 'support administration'

Sarah Mason 5th Jul, 2022 Updated: 5th Jul, 2022

MERIDEN MP, Saqib Bhatti, has resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department of Health and Social Care, saying his conscience will not allow him to ‘support this administration.’

In a letter published on Twitter Mr Bhatti said: “The Conservative and Unionist Party has always been the party of integrity and honour.

“I feel that standards in public life are of the utmost importance, and the events of the past few months have undermined public trust in all of us.

“I have been grappling with these issues for some time and my conscience will not allow me to continue to support this administration.

“It is for this reason that I must tender my resignation.”

He praised the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, saying he was grateful for his leadership when making the toughest calls throughout the most challenging times in reference to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Bhatti added that he looks forward to fighting for his constituents.

This comes just hours after Mr Johnson apologised for appointing Chris Pincher to the role of Deputy Chief Whip and admitted it was a ‘mistake’ in light of complaints about previous misconduct.

Following the apology Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak resigned from their roles in the cabinet.

Solihull MP, Julian Knight, tweeted: “When you have individual’s of the calibre of my friend @sajidjavid & @RishiSunak saying enough is enough, then I’m afraid the die is cast.

“It is time for the Party to take a new direction.”

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