Lord Bates has resigned as a Minister of State at the Home Office. Bates was the MP for Langbaurgh from 1991 until 1997 and he served as Paymaster General towards the end of John Major’s Premiership.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said:
“I would like to pay tribute to Lord Bates’ parliamentary service and outstanding contribution as Minister of State at the Home Office. I am immensely grateful for his efforts in steering important pieces of legislation through the Lords, including the Modern Slavery Bill, the Psychoactive Substances Bill and, most recently, the Immigration Bill. He has been very effective in representing the Home Office in the Lords.
I wish him well in the commendable undertaking for which he vacates his post, a solo walk across South America in support of the UN Olympic truce and to raise funds for UNICEF, a cause close to his heart”.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said:
“Lord Bates has been a highly valued member of the ministerial team at the Home Office and played a key role in steering hugely important legislation through the House of Lords. I would like to thank him for his contribution to the Home Office and wish him the very best on his fundraising walk across South America”.