Tory MP Angela Richardson resigns as Michael Gove’s aide

TORY MP Angela Richardson said she has resigned as a ministerial aide to Michael Gove as she shared her “deep disappointment” at the handling of the partygate affair.

Richardson, elected to represent Guilford in 2019, has served as a parliamentary private secretary (PPS) in the Department of Education before moving to serve under Leveling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary Gove.

In a statement on Facebook, Richardson said: “Sue Gray’s report published today clearly states that there were failures at Number Ten Downing Street that let us all down.

“I share the deep disappointment that it has taken so long to get to this stage when there could have been an early acknowledgment and apology.

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“It also seems as though there are further questions to which we do not yet have the answer because of the Metropolitan Police investigation.

“I echo my colleagues who called on Number Ten, when appropriate, to release in full the details of events considered by Sue Gray but not currently included in her report.

“Only that way – with full disclosure – can the process of rebuilding trust begin.”

“Last week, I stepped back from my governmental responsibilities to invest more of my time realizing the campaigns that I am working on for the people of Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages.

“In so doing, I will have more freedom to fulfill my promise to you as I hold the government to account, as a critical friend, on the issues that matter most to the people of Guildford.”

The National:

Richardson was PPS to Communities Secretary Gove before she resigned

Richardson was previously sacked from her role as PPS in November last year after she abstained on the amendment to overhaul the House of Commons disciplinary process and prevent the immediate suspension of shamed now former MP Owen Paterson.

She was reappointed the next day following the government’s U-turn.

It comes after Gove said that the public should show Tories who flouted lockdown rules some “Christian forgiveness”.

And, we told how Johnson had to endure two hours of questioning from MPs following his statement to the House of Commons this afternoon after the Sue Gray report was made public.

READ MORE: RECAP – Boris Johnson grilled for two hours on Gray report

Johnson apologized at the beginning of his statement, but despite multiple calls for him to resign throughout the marathon session, the PM refused and said he was “getting on with the job”.

Meanwhile, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford was kicked out of the Commons after accusing the PM of misleading the House and being untruthful.

Blackford and Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle became embroiled in a tense back-and-forth after the statement, before the SNP MP was told to leave when he would not withdraw his comments.

However, Blackford had already left the chamber before Hoyle could read out the relevant standing order.

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