Jack Quann
Jack Quann

12.26 6 Nov 2019


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In Britain, the Secretary of State for Wales has resigned, after being accused of "brazenly lying" about his knowledge of an allegation that a Conservative Party candidate had sabotaged a rape trial.

Alun Cairns has written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tender his resignation.

He had been facing calls to resign from opposition parties following claims he knew his former aide "sabotaged" a rape trial.

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It comes on the same day as the general election campaign in the UK officially starts.

British voters will go to the polls on December 12th, in the country's first December election since 1923.

The British parliament was dissolved at midnight on Tuesday.

Cairns was first elected as the UK member of parliament in May 2010.

In July 2014, he became parliamentary under secretary of state for Wales and a British government whip.

He was later appointed as Secretary of State for Wales in March 2016.

In his resignation letter, he writes: "You will be aware of allegations relating to the actions of a party employee and candidate for the Welsh Assembly elections in the Vale of Glamorgan.

"This is a very sensitive matter, and in light of continued speculation, I write to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Wales.

" I will cooperate in full with the investigation under the ministerial code which will now take place and I am confident I will be cleared of any breach or wrong doing. "

He also praised Mr Johnson's work to secure a Brexit deal as "extraordinary".


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