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Old 31 January 2018, 08:54 PM
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United Kingdom Lord Bates quits as government minister after arriving late

Lord Bates said he was "ashamed" to not be in his place to answer a question from Labour's Baroness Lister.

He apologised for his "discourtesy" and said he would be offering his resignation as a minister to the PM, before walking out of the chamber.

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Old 31 January 2018, 08:55 PM
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...however:

Lord Bates's resignation over lateness rejected by PM

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The prime minister has refused to accept the resignation of a lord who offered to leave his post after being late to the chamber.

A spokesman for Number 10 said the resignation was "unnecessary" and he had decided to continue in his role.
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Old 31 January 2018, 10:25 PM
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Well, it's the House of Lords - they're probably both more principled and weirder than the average MP. Who knows what standards they work to?
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Old 31 January 2018, 10:35 PM
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I admit that I couldn't help wondering if there was some looming scandal about to crash down on him, and he was looking for any possible excuse to resign before it broke. Probably not, since he let himself be talked into continuing to serve. Who knows, maybe he just wanted to see his name in the papers...
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