With regret, I have decided to stand down from the Government for personal reasons. It has been an honour and a privilege and I hope to return to serve at a future opportunity. pic.twitter.com/VzEuQLRZgB— Simon Clarke MP (@SimonClarkeMP) September 8, 2020
Following Clarke’s resignation, the government has carried out a mini-reshuffle of its lower-ranking ministers:
UPDATE: Guido learns the reason is truly personal – not him bowing out ahead of a scandal. Simon is well-liked among the Tory benches and many expect to see him back in government next year.