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‘I am thoroughly ashamed’ – UK minister resigns after arriving late to Parliament

LONDON: Lord Bates, member of the House of Lords made a shocking announcement to resign from his position because he was late to the chamber.

Bates said he was “ashamed” to not be in his place to answer a question from Labour’s Baroness Lister.

His frontbench colleague, Lord Taylor, appeared to be caught off guard at having to answer the first question in his absence.

The international development minister and former Conservative MP, was meant to be in the House of Lords chamber for the start of oral questions at 15:00 GMT. But he was a minute late. He stood up at the end of the half hour session to deliver his apology and the next moment he announced his resignation.

“During the five years in which it’s been my privilege to answer questions from this dispatcher box on behalf of the government, I’ve always believed that we should rise to the highest possible standards of courtesy and respect in responding on behalf of the government to the legitimate questions of the legislature,” he continued.

“I am thoroughly ashamed at not being in my place and therefore I shall be offering my resignation to the prime minister . . . with immediate effect.”

“I do apologize,” said Bates as he gathered his belongings and swiftly exited the chamber.

Witnessing an apology turn into a resignation in a matter of seconds was simply too much for Bates’ stunned peers.

In the dramatic video, other politicians can be heard exclaiming “No!” from their seats. While some laughed in disbelief, others attempted to reach out and pull Bates back to the chamber.

 

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