Lord Young Quits Government Over Decision to Prorogue Parliament

Lord Young, the former Secretary of State for Transport, Leader of the Commons and Chief Whip, has confirmed that he has resigned from Government over the Prime Minister’s decision to ask for a suspension of Parliament.

Young wrote in his resignation statement:

“As a former leader of the House of Commons in the Coalition Government who restored to the Commons some of the powers it had lost to the Executive, I am very unhappy at the timing and length of the prorogation, and its motivation. While not agreeing with the hyperbole of some critics, I have been unpersuaded by the reasons given for that decision, which I believe risks undermining the fundamental role of parliament at a critical time in our history, and reinforces the view that the Government may not have the confidence of the House for its Brexit policy.”