Conor Burns allegedly behaved inappropriately at the Conservatives’ conference, which took place in Birmingham this week and was marked by sharp divisions within the party.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has sacked Commerce Secretary Conor Burns following a complaint about “serious misconduct“Said a Downing Street spokesman on Friday, October 7. “Following a serious allegation of misconduct, the Prime Minister has asked Conor Burns to leave government with immediate effect.“, indicated this source.
“The Prime Minister took this action immediately after learning of the allegation and it is clear that all ministers must have high standards of behaviour, as the public rightly expects.the spokesman added. However, Downing Street did not elaborate on the charges against Conor Burns.
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‘Cooperate fully with the investigation’
According to various media, Conor Burns behaved inappropriately during the Conservative conference, which was held this week in Birmingham and was marked by strong dissension within the party. Under pressure from most of her, the Truss government markedly relented on Monday to abolish the top tax bracket, a sea change that weakened the prime minister by raising questions about her ability to stay the course.
Liz Truss became prime minister on September 5, succeeding Boris Johnson. Conor Burns, 50, was Minister for Northern Ireland in the Johnson government. He is described as an ally of the latter. Conor Burns told the tabloid Sun what was goingcooperate fully with the investigationand had “can’t wait to clear his nameof these charges.
Boris Johnson had to leave office in July, having lost the confidence of several of his ministers, after a succession of crises. Dozens of cabinet ministers had resigned when it emerged that Boris Johnson had learned of the sexual allegations against MP Chris Pincher before tasking him with parliamentary discipline for Conservative MPs. Chris Pincher had resigned, taking Boris Johnson with him.