List of resignations from the second May ministry

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This is a list of resignations from the second government formed by Prime Minister Theresa May. Since forming a Conservative minority government on 11 June 2017, May has faced a significant number of Treasury bench resignations. These have included ten departures from the Cabinet, including two from the Great Offices of State.

2017[edit]

Minister
(Cabinet members shown in bold)
Office Date of resignation Reason
Official portrait of Sir Michael Fallon crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP Secretary of State for Defence 1 November Allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour.[note 1][1]
Christopher Pincher 2012.jpg Christopher Pincher MP Comptroller of the Household 5 November Allegations of sexual assault and harassment.[note 1][2]
Priti Patel 2016.jpg Rt Hon Priti Patel MP Secretary of State for International Development 8 November Conflict of interest arising from secret meetings with the Israeli government.[note 2][3]
Official portrait of Damian Green crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Damian Green MP First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office 20 December Found to have lied about the presence of pornographic images on his office computer.[note 1][4]

2018[edit]

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  •      Opposition to government policy on Brexit
Minister
(Cabinet members shown in bold)
Office Date of resignation Reason
Official portrait of James Brokenshire crop 2.jpg Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 8 January Resigned on health grounds, due to an upcoming lung operation.[5]
Official portrait of Justine Greening crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Justine Greening MP Secretary of State for Education 8 January Refused to accept a new position during the 2018 cabinet reshuffle.[6]
Official portrait of Amber Rudd crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP Home Secretary 29 April Misled the Home Affairs Select Committee during a hearing on the Windrush scandal.[note 2][7]
Official portrait of Dr Phillip Lee crop 2.jpg Phillip Lee MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice 12 June Opposition to the government's approach to Brexit.
Official portrait of Greg Hands crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Greg Hands MP Minister of State for International Trade 21 June Opposition to the expansion of Heathrow Airport; voted against the Airports National Policy Statement.[8]
Official portrait of Mr David Davis crop 2.jpg Rt Hon David Davis MP Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 8 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[9]
Official portrait of Mr Steve Baker crop 2.jpg Steve Baker MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 9 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[10]
Boris johnson (cropped).jpg Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 9 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[11]
Official portrait of Conor Burns crop 2.jpg Conor Burns MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Office 9 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[12]
Official portrait of Chris Green crop 2.jpg Chris Green MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Transport 9 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[13]
Official portrait of Andrew Griffiths crop 2.jpg Andrew Griffiths MP Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 13 July Allegations of sexual misconduct.[14]
Official portrait of Robert Courts crop 2.jpg Robert Courts MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign Office 15 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[15]
Official portrait of Scott Mann crop 2.jpg Scott Mann MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to HM Treasury 16 July Opposition to the Chequers Agreement.[16]
Official portrait of Guto Bebb crop 2.jpg Guto Bebb MP Minister for Defence Procurement 16 July Opposition to government-backed amendments to the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill.[17]
Official portrait of Tracey Crouch crop 2.jpg Tracey Crouch MP Minister for Sport, Civil Society and Loneliness 1 November Opposition to policy rollout delays announced in the 2018 budget.[18]
Official portrait of Joseph Johnson crop 2.jpg Jo Johnson MP Minister of State for Transport
Minister for London
9 November Opposition to the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations.[19]
Official portrait of Mr Shailesh Vara crop 2.jpg Shailesh Vara MP Minister of State for Northern Ireland 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.[20]
Official portrait of Dominic Raab crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.[21]
Official portrait of Esther McVey crop 2.jpg Rt Hon Esther McVey MP Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.[22]
Official portrait of Suella Fernandes crop 2.jpg Suella Braverman MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.[23]
Official portrait of Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan crop 2.jpg Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Education 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.[24]
Official portrait of Mr Ranil Jayawardena crop 2.jpg Ranil Jayawardena MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Work and Pensions 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.
Official portrait of Rehman Chishti crop 2.jpg Rehman Chishti MP Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Pakistan 15 November Opposition to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the government's handling of the Asia Bibi blasphemy case.
Official portrait of Mr Sam Gyimah crop 2.jpg Sam Gyimah MP Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation 30 November Opposition to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.[25]
Official portrait of Will Quince crop 2.jpg Will Quince MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministry of Defence 8 December Opposition to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.[26]


2019[edit]

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  •      Opposition to government policy on Brexit
Minister
(Cabinet members shown in bold)
Office Date of resignation Reason
Official portrait of Gareth Johnson crop 2.jpg Gareth Johnson MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Exiting the European Union 14 January Voted against the Withdrawal Agreement in the first meaningful vote.[27]
Official portrait of Craig Tracey crop 2.jpg Craig Tracey MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for International Development 15 January Voted against the Withdrawal Agreement in the first meaningful vote.[28]
Official portrait of Eddie Hughes crop 2.jpg Eddie Hughes MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 15 January Voted against the Withdrawal Agreement in the first meaningful vote.[28]
Official portrait of Alberto Costa crop 2.jpg Alberto Costa MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Scotland Office 27 February Asked to resign after tabling an amendment to protect rights of EU citizens.[29]
Official portrait of George Eustice crop 4.jpg George Eustice MP Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food[30] 28 February Dissatisfaction with the government acceding to a possible vote on delaying Brexit.[31]
Official portrait of Sarah Newton.jpg Sarah Newton MP Minister of State for Disabled People 13 March Voted against the government whip and in favour of the "Spelman amendment." [32]
Official portrait of Paul Masterton crop 2.jpg
Paul Masterton MP Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Scotland Office 13 March Voted against the government whip and supported the amended motion after the "Spelman amendment" passed. [33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary over behaviour claims". BBC News. 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ Laura Hughes and Christopher Hope (5 November 2017). "Tory Whip Chris Pincher refers himself to the police after claim of unwanted pass at former Olympic rower". Daily Telegraph.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Priti Patel quits over Israel meetings row". BBC News. 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ Greenfield, Patrick (20 December 2017). "Damian Green resigns as first secretary of state after porn allegations". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "James Brokenshire: Northern Ireland Secretary resigns". BBC News. 8 January 2018.
  6. ^ George Parker (8 January 2018). "Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle goes off course". Financial Times.
  7. ^ "Amber Rudd resigns as home secretary". BBC News. 29 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Greg Hands quits as minister over Heathrow expansion". BBC News. 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ Heather Stewart (9 July 2018). "Brexit secretary David Davis resigns plunging government into crisis". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "UK Brexit department minister Steve Baker resigns: government source". Reuters. 8 July 2018.
  11. ^ Heather Stewart, Pippa Crerar and Dan Sabbagh (9 July 2018). "Boris Johnson resigns as foreign secretary - Senior Conservative becomes third minister to walk out over Theresa May's Brexit plan". The Guardian.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  12. ^ Sarah Cartlidge (10 July 2018). "Conor Burns stands down from role after Boris Johnson resignation". Bournemouth Daily Echo.
  13. ^ Alex McIntyre (9 July 2018). "Bolton West MP Chris Green quits Department for Transport role over Brexit". Bolton Daily News.
  14. ^ "MP Andrew Griffiths quits ministerial post after 'sex texts' to two barmaids are revealed". Daily Telegraph. 14 July 2018.
  15. ^ Greg Heffer (15 July 2018). "May suffers yet another resignation as Robert Courts quits over her Brexit plan". Sky News.
  16. ^ "Cornwall MP Scott Mann resigns from Government role over Brexit". ITV News. 16 July 2018.
  17. ^ Nicola Bartlett (16 July 2018). "Defence minister Guto Bebb resigns to vote against the Government after Theresa May accepted Brexiteer amendments to customs bill". Daily Mirror.
  18. ^ "Sports Minister Tracey Crouch resigns over 'delay' to betting crackdown". BBC News. 1 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Jo Johnson quits as minister over Theresa May's Brexit plan". The Guardian. 9 November 2018.
  20. ^ Georgia Chambers (15 November 2018). "Shailesh Vara MP: Who is the former Northern Ireland minister and why has he resigned over Theresa May's Brexit deal?". Evening Standard.
  21. ^ Dan Bloom (15 November 2018). "Dominic Raab resigns as Brexit Secretary over Theresa May's deal in crushing blow". Daily Mirror.
  22. ^ Tom Herbert (15 November 2018). "Esther McVey's savage resignation letter in full: It's obvious to everyone Brexit deal doesn't honour referendum". Evening Standard.
  23. ^ Joe Gamp (15 November 2018). "Dominic Raab's under-secretary Suella Braverman resigns as knives out for May". Daily Express.
  24. ^ "Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan resigns from Government over Brexit deal". ITV News. 15 November 2018.
  25. ^ Kevin Rawlinson and Dan Sabbagh (30 November 2018). "Sam Gyimah resigns over Theresa May's Brexit deal". The Guardian.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  26. ^ ITV News (9 December 2018). "Essex ministerial aide resigns in growing Brexit rebellion". ITV News.
  27. ^ "Tory whip quits government ahead of May's Brexit deal vote". Evening Standard. 2019-01-14. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  28. ^ a b Webber, Esther (2019-01-16). "How did your MP vote over May's Brexit deal?". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  29. ^ correspondent, Lisa O'Carroll Brexit (2019-02-27). "Confusion reigns over Brexit amendment as Tory MP quits post". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  30. ^ "George Eustice MP".
  31. ^ "Junior minister George Eustice resigns over article 50 vote".
  32. ^ Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor, Henry Zeffman, Political Correspondent | (2019-03-13). "Cabinet revolt over no-deal Brexit vote". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  33. ^ Chorley, Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor | Matt (2019-03-14). "Brexit chaos: Defiance from cabinet delivers a fresh blow to May's authority". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2019-03-14.

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