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Sacked MP says she does not want more Cabinet resignations

By Richard Guttridge | Stourbridge | Politics | Published:

Tory rebel Margot James says she is "delighted" to get the backing of Amber Rudd but insisted she does not want to see any more resignations from the Cabinet.

Margot James

The former Home Secretary quit as women and equalities minister in protest at the treatment of 21 Conservative MPs who were kicked out of the party for defying Boris Johnson over Brexit. Ms Rudd said she was also concerned about the amount of time the Government was spending preparing for a no-deal scenario.

Stourbridge MP Ms James had the whip withdrawn after helping opposition parties defeat the Government last week alongside other high-profile Tories such as Ken Clarke, in what has been labelled a purge of moderate Conservatives.

But she said the Government needed "stability" rather than a wave of resignations.

Ms James told the Express & Star: "I was delighted that Amber joined us. I have huge respect for her and was obviously delighted.

"That's not to say I want to see a lot more resignations. I think a period of stability would be good and also it's important decent secretaries of state stay running departments.

"As best as possible the Government should continue to function in non-Brexit areas."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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