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Tory minister Conor Burns sacked with ‘immediate effect’ after complaint of serious misconduct | Politics News


Liz Truss fired commerce minister Conor Burns from her government “with immediate effect” following an allegation of serious misconduct.

The Bournemouth West Tory MP has also been suspended while the lawsuit is being investigated.

A No 10 spokesman said: “Following complaints of serious misconduct, the prime minister has asked MP Conor Burns to leave government with immediate effect.

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“The Prime Minister acted directly when informed of this allegation and it is clear that all ministers should uphold high standards of conduct – as the public rightly expects.”

A whip office spokesman said: “We suspended the whipping pending an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct earlier this week.

“We take all such allegations extremely seriously. The Prime Minister has been clear that the highest standards in public life must be upheld.”

It follows the Conservative Party’s annual conference which took place in Birmingham from Sunday to Wednesday last week.

Mr Burns, 50, said he would fully cooperate with the investigation and “look forward to having his name cleared”.

In a statement on Twitter, he said he was not given any details about the complaint or asked to provide any information.

“I hope the party will move forward with their investigation as quickly as they rushed to judge,” he said.

Mr Burns has been an MP since 2010 and held a number of ministerial posts under Boris Johnson, to whom he is deeply loyal.

Northern Ireland Foreign Minister Conor Burns during a press conference after the Anglo-Irish Council (BIC) summit at the St Pierre Park hotel in Guernsey.  Date taken: Friday, July 8, 2022.
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Conor Burns has been an MP since 2010

Earlier this year, he famously claimed that the former Prime Minister had been “ambushed with cake” in defense of claims of a Downing Street strike party.

Victorian Government Minister Prentis said the allegations were “clearly related”, but she assured the matter was being taken “very seriously”.

“I think all I can say is that the prime minister has taken decisive action and we will make sure this is investigated appropriately,” she told Times Radio.

But Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, said the allegation “raises serious questions” about the prime minister’s ruling in refusing to appoint an independent ethics adviser.

It is the latest in a series of scandals that have rocked the Conservative Party.

In July, former deputy sheriff Chris Pincher resign from his post after he was accused of groping two men in a private members’ club – with the end result leading to Boris Johnson’s downfall.

And in May, former Tory Parish MP Neil resigned after confessing to viewing pornography in the House of Representatives “in a moment of madness”.

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Just two weeks later, an unnamed Conservative MP was arrested on suspicion of seven years of rape and sexual assault.

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