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Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned from the government, the second to depart in less than a week.

No 10 said Mr Simmonds made the decision "several weeks ago" and said it was unrelated to the events in Gaza which led to Baroness Warsi quitting.

He will also step down as an MP at the election next year - telling the BBC he had to "put family life first".

Downing Street has announced that James Duddridge will replace Mr Simmonds as minister for Africa.

Mr Simmonds said he had agreed his departure as a minister at the time of last month's government reshuffle, saying that the PM only wanted people who were standing at the next election in ministerial jobs.

The prime minister's spokesman said Mr Simmonds had stayed on in the job until now, to chair meetings at the UN on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BBC mention on the 6pm News the reason why but not online, and surprise surprise it's…

Apparenlty he can't afford a big enough flat that his family can stay in when they visit.

BBC are spinning it out as a problem with expenses - can they really not see the Elephant in the room?

This government sucks.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28737781

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned from the government, the second to depart in less than a week.

No 10 said Mr Simmonds made the decision "several weeks ago" and said it was unrelated to the events in Gaza which led to Baroness Warsi quitting.

He will also step down as an MP at the election next year - telling the BBC he had to "put family life first".

Downing Street has announced that James Duddridge will replace Mr Simmonds as minister for Africa.

Mr Simmonds said he had agreed his departure as a minister at the time of last month's government reshuffle, saying that the PM only wanted people who were standing at the next election in ministerial jobs.

The prime minister's spokesman said Mr Simmonds had stayed on in the job until now, to chair meetings at the UN on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BBC mention on the 6pm News the reason why but not online, and surprise surprise it's…

Apparenlty he can't afford a big enough flat that his family can stay in when they visit.

BBC are spinning it out as a problem with expenses - can they really not see the Elephant in the room?

This government sucks.

That is priceless.

You reap what you sow.

I guess he is privvy to a lot of information though and he's not expecting prices to become reasonable any time soon.

Or maybe it will be one of the reasons why the government has to act to force down prices.

Who knows, Who knows.

This is one sick country.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28737781

Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds has resigned from the government, the second to depart in less than a week.

No 10 said Mr Simmonds made the decision "several weeks ago" and said it was unrelated to the events in Gaza which led to Baroness Warsi quitting.

He will also step down as an MP at the election next year - telling the BBC he had to "put family life first".

Downing Street has announced that James Duddridge will replace Mr Simmonds as minister for Africa.

Mr Simmonds said he had agreed his departure as a minister at the time of last month's government reshuffle, saying that the PM only wanted people who were standing at the next election in ministerial jobs.

The prime minister's spokesman said Mr Simmonds had stayed on in the job until now, to chair meetings at the UN on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

BBC mention on the 6pm News the reason why but not online, and surprise surprise it's

Apparenlty he can't afford a big enough flat that his family can stay in when they visit.

BBC are spinning it out as a problem with expenses - can they really not see the Elephant in the room?

This government sucks.

Unbelievable.

They quoted £28k rent allowance and £90k+ salary IIRC

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:lol:

In fairness to him, looks like he missed out on the EA riches/bonuses of the 1997+ boom.... having to make do with just a mega package in Gov + housing allowance to get you nowhere against values.

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Fair enough do what you feel you have to, but a bit of a nerve to complain about work life balance when MPs have some of the longest breaks and holidays available.....what about the armed forces that are forced to spend months away from their families whilst their families stay in basic accmodation moving all around the place.....he has a bit of a cheek IMO.

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From Guido Fawkes (http://order-order.com/2014/08/11/173000-simmonds-quits-saying-expenses-are-too-low/) ...

... £173k per year, says expenses too low

... jumps before UKIP get the vote?

... another piggy trougher with his snout in the trough.

I stand corrected, he wants to rent a house not a flat. Well then, clearly not a chance on his pitty expenses.

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So not a matter of principle or conscience then. F*ck the murdered palestian children, it's his rent.

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So not a matter of principle or conscience then. F*ck the murdered palestian children, it's his rent.

Yep, im affraid that's what it really comes down to. Everyone for themselves - perfect example of this are the Wilson's and they don';t mind telling it either.

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It really is about time the troughers were called to book, I say we build a tenement style block in Westminster for all MP's to live in whilst they "serve" the public, make them pay a small fee for maintenance too, no second homes paid for by the tax payers, no allowances outside of the small amount needed to travel, any expenses fraud will be dealt with by long term imprisonment with asset seizures to pay back the taxpayer. Simple solution. Lets see how much they really want to serve the country.

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It really is about time the troughers were called to book, I say we build a tenement style block in Westminster for all MP's to live in whilst they "serve" the public, make them pay a small fee for maintenance too, no second homes paid for by the tax payers, no allowances outside of the small amount needed to travel, any expenses fraud will be dealt with by long term imprisonment with asset seizures to pay back the taxpayer. Simple solution. Lets see how much they really want to serve the country.

Absolutely agree.

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It really is about time the troughers were called to book, I say we build a tenement style block in Westminster for all MP's to live in whilst they "serve" the public, make them pay a small fee for maintenance too, no second homes paid for by the tax payers, no allowances outside of the small amount needed to travel, any expenses fraud will be dealt with by long term imprisonment with asset seizures to pay back the taxpayer. Simple solution. Lets see how much they really want to serve the country.

They could build it via PFI

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Don't forget the section 106 charges on top, and the percentage allocated for social housing on the same site.

So they would have to live cheek-by-jowl with those who clean ando the menial jobs. :D

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With the interest charged back personally to MPs.

Beyond their perdiod in office for the full term of the finance agreements.

We've already established that PFI is a massive fraud as the bankrupt fo england can print money at will to bail out the banks, they could have founded pfi at zero additional taxpayer financing / profit costs, in fact they could have done it at zeri cost because they have no intention of winding back qe.

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It really is about time the troughers were called to book, I say we build a tenement style block in Westminster for all MP's to live in whilst they "serve" the public, make them pay a small fee for maintenance too, no second homes paid for by the tax payers, no allowances outside of the small amount needed to travel, any expenses fraud will be dealt with by long term imprisonment with asset seizures to pay back the taxpayer. Simple solution. Lets see how much they really want to serve the country.

This is what the aussie govt does in canberra, just allocate them a flat from the govt stock. I guess it is a bit of a security risk if they are all in one block! but the govt could buy 300 odd new builds in the area. Even better halve the number of the buggers and double their wages.

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Beyond their perdiod in office for the full term of the finance agreements.

We've already established that PFI is a massive fraud as the bankrupt fo england can print money at will to bail out the banks, they could have founded pfi at zero additional taxpayer financing / profit costs, in fact they could have done it at zeri cost because they have no intention of winding back qe.

Yes - totally agree.

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