A SECOND Welsh Conservative MP has quit their government role as pressure continues to mount on prime minister Boris Johnson.

Craig Williams had been Parliamentary Private Secretary to chancellor Rishi Sunak, whose resignation along with that of health secretary  Sajid Javid rocked the UK Government yesterday evening and has led to more than 30 resignations.

In his letter to the prime minister Williams said he had given him his support in the recent confidence vote with "one last benefit of the doubt".

He wrote: "I believed it was right that we draw a line under previous events and focus on rebuliding trust with the public and focusing on delivering good policies.

"It has now become apparent over recent days, that this is becoming impossible.

"It is therefore with deep regret that I resign from your government."

Williams said he was "immensely proud" of the governmnet's record and will continue to support.

The MP posted his resignation letter to Twitter.


His resignation comes as Welsh Conservative Senedd leader Andrew RT Davies told BBC Wales support for Johnson among MPs is looking "tenuous".

Last night, amid a flurry of resignations of ministers and MPs on the government payroll, Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie quit as parliamentary private secretary at the Welsh Office.

Today Welsh secretary Simon Hart was asked in the Commons when he would resign.


At the time of June's confidence vote Williams said he had listened to Johnson address the Tory backbench 1922 committee and wrote on Twitter: "He got the big decisions right on vaccines, supporting people through the Covid crisis & tackling unemployment."

Williams has represented Montogmeryshire, where he was raised, since the December 2019 general election while the seat, a former Liberal and Liberal Democrat stronghold, has been in Conservative hands since the 2010 general election.

Williams was the MP for Cardiff North from 2015 until losing the seat at the 2017 election. He then worked as a special adviser to the then secretary of state for exiting the European Union, Steve Barclay.