Paul Holmes, a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Priti Patel handed in his resignation this morning, citing “distress” that his work for his constituency was being “tarnished by the toxic culture that seemed to have permeated No10”.
In a statement released on his website, he said: “”It is clear to me that a deep mistrust in both the Government and the Conservative Party has been created by these events, something that pains me personally as someone who always tries to represent Eastleigh and its people with integrity.
“Whether that is taking up your issues in Parliament or helping people with their problems closer to home, since 2019 we have completed over 12,000 pieces of constituency casework.
“It is distressing to me that this work on your behalf has been tarnished by the toxic culture that seemed to have permeated No10.
“Over the last few weeks this distress has led me to conclude that I want to continue to focus solely on my efforts in being your Member of Parliament and the campaigns that are important to you.
“That is why I have now resigned from my governmental responsibilities as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office.”
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