MP Burt steps down as health minister

Bedfordshire North East MP Alistair Burt is to stand down from his frontbench role as Health Minister.

Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 5:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th July 2016, 6:31 pm
Parliamentary candidates for Bedford and Kempston, Mid Beds and North East Beds for the 2015 election. PNL-150428-131535001

Mr Burt told MPs his decision had nothing to do with Brexit.

He informed David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt “a few weeks ago” that he would not be seeking a position in a reshuffled government.

He said he intends to continue his duties until September.

Raising a point of order at the end of health questions in the House of Commons, Mr Burt said: “Twenty-four years and one month ago I answered my first question as a junior minister in the House in oral questions and I have just completed my last oral questions.

A few weeks ago I made clear to the Secretary of State and to the Prime Minister and the Chief Whip that I wouldn’t after the referendum be seeking a post in what I expected to be a reshuffled government and in the event I hope to carry on with my duties until September, but there won’t be another oral questions.”