Work and pensions secretary of state Stephen Crabb ‘in the best interests’ of his family has resigned from the cabinet and is returning to the backbenches.
Crabb, a Remain supporter who ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party, was reported to have been found engaging in sexually-charged texts to a woman in the run-up to the EU referendum.
Crabb said: “Over the last two years I have had the huge privilege to serve in the Cabinet.
“After careful reflection I have informed the prime minister today that, in the best interests of my family, I cannot be part of her government at this time.
“I am grateful to my whole team for their hard work and encouragement. I look forward to supporting the government’s one nation vision from the backbenches.”