Simon Hart has become the third Cabinet minister to resign from Boris Johnson’s Government, stepping down from his position as Welsh Secretary.

He wrote in his resignation letter: “I have never been a massive fan of Ministerial resignations being the best means of forcing change.

“Colleagues have done their upmost in private and public to help you turn the ship around, but it is with sadness that I feel we have passed the point where this is possible”.

His is the most high profile, and senior, Welsh resignation with four Conservative MPs from Wales having now quit their posts and a fifth set to stand down tomorrow.

BBC Wales has also reported that Vale of Clwyd MP James Davies has quit his role with the department of health.


Earlier today Hart was asked by Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville-Roberts during Welsh questions when he would resign but he said it was "business as usual" at the Welsh Office.


By late this afternoon it was reported Hart was one of a number of cabinet ministers who had met with Boris Johnson at Number 10 and told him he should resign.

But a defiant Johnson has made it made it clear he is not giving up his grip on power, despite calls from ministers and MPs across the Tory Party to stand down.

Johnson also moved against his cabinet rivals by sacking Michael Gove.

Yesterday, following the resignations of Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak, Ynys Mon's Virginia Crosbie quit as aid to Hart and the Welsh Office.

Montgomeryshire MP Craig Williams resigned from a Treasury role this afternoon and this evening it was reported James Davies had quit and Hart's departure was confirmed.

Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones has said she will stand down as parliamentary private secretary tomorrow unless Johnson resigns as prime minister.

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