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Amber Rudd: This image from 2017 probably reflects her mood right now.

You know the situation in the Conservative government must be bad when Amber Rudd quits the cabinet – wihout being forced out.

Ms Rudd famously resigned as Home Secretary in the midst of the Windrush Scandal to divert blame from Theresa May (who had been the Home Secretary most responsible for it but who was prime minister at the time the scandal hit).

This time she has resigned from her role as Work and Pensions Secretary – and from the Conservative Party itself – because she thinks the Tories are drifting too far to the political right.

And she doesn’t think prime minister Boris Johnson is being honest about Brexit, either!

According to the BBC, in her resignation letter, Ms Rudd said she could not “stand by” while “loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled” – as 21 were on Tuesday for supporting a motion to debate a Bill to prevent “no deal” Brexit (not even for supporting the Bill itself).

According to the BBC report:

The work and pensions secretary said she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the government’s “main objective”.

She described the sacking of 21 Tory MPs on Tuesday as an “assault on decency and democracy”.

In her resignation letter to PM Boris Johnson she said: “I joined your cabinet in good faith: accepting that ‘No Deal’ had to be on the table, because it was the means by which we would have the best chance of achieving a new deal to leave on 31 October.

“However I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government’s main objective.”

With a general election looming in the near future (although not when Boris Johnson wants it!) and a majority of just 346, it seems Ms Rudd may not last much longer in Parliament.

Despite her many failings, though, she’ll be able to leave with her head held high.

But this means the role of Work and Pensions Secretary is open again.

And people in low-paying jobs, who are unemployed, have a long-term illness or are disabled, have good reason to fear the possibilities.

Will Esther McVey make a return to Caxton House? Or – worse – could Iain Duncan Smith be lined up to launch a second campaign of hate?

Source: Amber Rudd quits cabinet and Conservative party – BBC News

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