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Faith minister joins list of government resignations

by Sophie Drew

Faith Minister Kemi Badenoch MP has resigned from her role as more of Boris Johnson's government ministers head for the door. 

Badenoch was made Minister of State for Local Government, Faith and Communities in September 2021. 

Less than a year later, she is the latest in a long line of Conservatives leaving their roles.

She is one of over 30 ministers and aides to have left their positions in less than 24 hours. 

Badenoch signed a letter with four other ministers, announcing their resignation on one document.

The names include Neil O'Brien, Alex Burghart, Lee Rowley and Julia Lopez. 

Penned to the Prime Minister, the resignation letter says: "It has become increasibly clear that the Government cannot function given the issues that have come to light and the way in which they have been handled. 

"In good faith, we must ask that, for the good of the Party and the country, you step aside." 

Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak were the first to walk out after Johnson admitted he had known about the allegations against Chris Pincher before making him government deputy chief whip. 

Pincher was suspended from his role after being accused of groping two men on a drunken night out. 

As part of her role, Badenoch was due to speak at the International Conference for Freedom of Religion or Belief just two hours after she decided to leave her role. 

Her name has now been removed from the agenda.

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