Amber Rudd quits the cabinet and Conservative party – of her own accord. But who’ll replace her?

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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18 thoughts on “Amber Rudd quits the cabinet and Conservative party – of her own accord. But who’ll replace her?

  1. trev

    Well that’s a turn up. The Tories certainly have drifted to the far Right. But McVey or IDS? Good God, I hope not!

  2. Sven Wraight

    I don’t believe she’s leaving because she’s a moderate. She’s a rat leaving a sinking ship (my apologies to rats reading this).

  3. stevedavidh

    In most circumstances the words “We are going to help you” would be welcomed by the vulnerable. It’s only when they come from the mouth of a Tory DWP minister that they strike terror in the hearts of the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.

  4. inkdropk

    Mr Sivier – If you are suggesting any of the crew the UN want to talk to return to cabinet, and they’re coming out of hiding ? #watchforthehurricane.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It’s Ms Rudd’s majority in her own constituency – the number of votes she had more than any other candidate.

  5. Rik

    hmm no wonder they’re stock piling up body bags
    for us poor mortals . . . -(
    this is the worst ever crap happening in 2019 ever!!!

    1. Tony Dean

      I am puzzled by the stockpiling of body bags, as there are “buffer” supplies in many and various places all over the UK. anyway. (There is usually a large spike in deaths over the winter anyway.)

  6. Sean Morton

    Why do you all hate this government so much when Corbyn supports Iran’s dictatorship they stone gays and kill their disabled. We give them free money.
    If he gets into power are all Tory voters going to be sent over to Iran for forced Labour

    1. trev

      What? That’s pure nonsense. We all have very good reason to hate the Tories for all the suffering they have caused. Their policies have been responsible for more deaths than any terrorist attack and they have robbed us blind.

      1. Sean Morton

        Ok mate you tell that to all those syrians, Kurds, everyone affected in the Manchester bombings and all the other terrorist attacks in the past 40 odd years.
        But you know all these disabled people are sad with their free money, free cars, guaranteed interview schemes and all the other advantages they get. Hard life living in 21st century Britain

  7. Debbie

    I’m waiting for a decision on my work capability assessment. This doesn’t fill me with confidence.

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