New blow for Johnson

Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd quits job and Tory party

Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd: ‘difficult decision’

Amber Rudd has quit the cabinet and Conservative Party saying she cannot accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit and sacking of loyal MPs.

The work and pensions secretary said she believed a no-deal Brexit was now the government’s main aim despite Mr Johnson’s claims to want a deal before the 31 October deadline.

She admitted: “I have been surprised, unfortunately, by the lack of work and preparation that is going into getting a deal with the European Union.”

She described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an “assault on decency and democracy”.

The MP for Hastings and Rye, who supported Remain in the 2016 referendum, said her resignation had been “a difficult decision” but posted on Twitter: “I have resigned from Cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip. I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.

“I have spoken to the PM and my association chairman to explain. I remain committed to the one nation values that drew me into politics.”

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