Stephen Crabb resigns as Work and Pensions Secretary

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has resigned from the Government "in the best interests" of his family. His announcement came as new Prime Minister Theresa May continued to appoint her new cabinet since undertaking the role on Wednesday afternoon.

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Stephen Crabb: Serving in Cabinet 'a huge privilege'

Stephen Crabb said serving in the Cabinet had been a "huge privilege".

The Welsh MP has resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary.

Stephen Crabb leaves Downing Street this afternoon. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Over the last two years I have had the huge privilege to serve in the Cabinet.

After careful reflection I have informed the Prime Minister today that, in the best interests of my family, I cannot be part of her Government at this time.

I am grateful to my whole team for their hard work and encouragement. I look forward to supporting the Government's one nation vision from the backbenches.

– Stephen Crabb


First Minister congratulates Theresa May on becoming PM

Carwyn Jones has congratulated Theresa May Credit: PA

The First Minister of Wales has congratulated Theresa May on becoming Prime Minister.

Carwyn Jones said he was "encouraged that Theresa May has recognised that the economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top"

I congratulate the Prime Minister on her appointment. She takes the job at a perilous time for the UK – following Brexit there is a great deal of uncertainty and economic instability which needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

I’m encouraged that Theresa May has recognised that the economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top – but we need to see those warm words put into action.

Likewise, it is vital for the Prime Minister to recognise that Wales has unmet needs in terms of both funding, and a proper, lasting powers settlement.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales

Plaid leader calls for new PM to face voters

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood says there should be an early UK General Election, on the grounds that Theresa May doesn't have a democratic mandate. Ms Wood claims that the expected appointment of the new Conservative leader as Prime Minister "shows a disregard for democracy".

It is a matter of principle that the most powerful political position in the UK should be elected to his or her role as a result of a fairly contested election.

That is why I support an immediate UK-wide election to allow people to have their say as to who they believe is best placed to lead the UK through these testing, challenging times.

With Labour and the Tories engulfed by chaos and division, Plaid Cymru is putting forward the vision and values needed to take our country forward.

Plaid Cymru politicians would never abdicate their responsibilities to people in Wales in the same way as Brexit's so-called leaders have.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM
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