Junior trade minister Greg Hands, who visited Kenya in April, has resigned from the government to give him the freedom to oppose the government in Monday’s Heathrow Airport expansion vote on whether to build a third runway.
The Chelsea and Fulham MP explained in a Tweet how he had pledged to oppose the new runway at the 2017 election.
As the Government will be whipping the vote on Monday, this means I am resigning from the Government. It has been an honour to serve the Prime Minister (and her predecessor) for the last 7 years and I wish the PM & the Government every continuing success. https://t.co/GQedGcfy80
— Greg Hands (@GregHands) June 21, 2018
In April, Mr Hands made an official trip to Kenya during which he visited the East African Breweries site in Nairobi, held talks on trade and diplomatic ties with Kenyan counterparts, signed an MOU to promote bilateral trade and investment between the two countries, and explored British railway history at the Nairobi Rail Museum.
A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Hands, who has held various ministerial roles and was chief secretary to the Treasury under David Cameron, had “served the government with great ability and distinction over several years, and we thank him for all of his work”.
He will be replaced as a minister in the Department for International Trade by George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley.