WELSH Conservative MP Virginia Crosbie has quit her government role stating she “cannot continue to defend” the Prime Minister’s actions.

The Ynys Môn MP had been a parliamentary private secretary at the Welsh Office, the most junior role in support of government ministers or departments.

Posting her resignation on Facebook, the Ynys Mon MP wrote: “I am forced to say that the sheer number of allegations of impropriety and illegality -many of them centred around Downing St and your premiership- is simply making your position untenable.

Meanwhile it has been confirmed Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed chancellor and Steve Barker has been appointed as health secretary.

“I am of the view that if you continue in office you risk irrevocably harming this government and the Conservative party and will hand the keys of Downing Street to the Labour Party unfit to govern.

“The inaccurate and contradictory statements over what you knew about the former Deputy Chief Whip’s conduct before you appointed him was the last straw. I cannot continue to defend your actions to my Ynys Môn constituents who are rightly very angry.

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“I have no idea what is happening at Downing Street but it appears you are either badly advised or unable to change or reform the dysfunctional operation at the centre of the government you lead.”

Welsh secretary Simon Hart hasn't commented on the resignations of chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid that have led to a wave of resignations from more junior ministers, aids and officials.

Neither has he commented on Crosbie's resignation from his department.

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