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Bombing campaign in Aleppo 'a war against children'

Stephen Crabb speaking in the Commons on Tuesday.

Former cabinet minister Stephen Crabb has labelled the bombings in Aleppo as a "war against children".

Speaking at an emergency debate into the humanitarian crisis in the country, the Pembrokeshire MP said: "Almost half of the casualties since the current attacks began have been children, as bombs and mortars have landed on hospitals and broken through underground bunkers which sometimes also serve as schools.

"The images that we should hold before us are the ones we've seen over the last fortnight of the lifeless, dusty, broken-limbed bodies of children being removed from bombed out buildings and piles of rubble."

Stephen Crabb resigns as work and pensions secretary

Stephen Crabb said he was stepping down 'in the best interests of my family' Credit: PA

Stephen Crabb has resigned as work and pensions secretary, saying he was quitting government "in the best interests of my family".

It comes amid speculation about his private life and allegations that the married MP had sent inappropriate messages to a women half his age using Whatsapp.

Mr Crabb's full statement read:

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

Crabb quit Tory leadership race 'in interests of country'

Stephen Crabb says it was "in the best interests of the country and the nation" for him to pull out of the Tory leadership race so that a new leader could be in place "as quickly as possible".

Crabb received 34 votes from his colleagues, beating Liam Fox who was eliminated, but lagging behind Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove.

"It's for other candidates to decide whether they follow suit," he added. Stephen Crabb has come out in support of Theresa May's bid for 10 Downing Street.

Stephen Crabb drops out of Tory leadership race

Stephen Crabb has dropped out of the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party and has backed front-runner Theresa May.

Work and Pensions secretary Stephen Crabb has bowed out of the race for 10 Downing Street Credit: PA

This follows the elimination of Dr Liam Fox from the race for 10 Downing Street, who came last in the first round of voting by Conservative MPs with 16 votes.

Stephen Crabb was second last, with 34. Theresa May, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom remain in the battle.


Stephen Crabb 'urged to stand for PM'

Stephen Crabb

Stephen Crabb is being urged to stand in the Conservative party leader election, ITV News understands.

The work and pensions secretary has said he won't make a statement until after he has seen his family at the weekend.

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