Bassetlaw: Worksop born MP stands down from Government

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds, originally from Worksop, has resigned from the Government.
Worksop born MP Mark Simmonds (right)Worksop born MP Mark Simmonds (right)
Worksop born MP Mark Simmonds (right)

The Conservative MP said he needed to ‘put family life first’ and will also step down as an MP at the election next year.

His resignation is thought to have been planned for several weeks and unrelated to the events in Gaza which led to Baroness Warsi quitting.

James Duddridge will replace Mr Simmonds as minister for Africa, No 10 announced.