Ministerial resignations outside reshuffles since 1979
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PMSurnamePostDateReasonTypeLinkCabinet?
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ThatcherFairbairnSolicitor Gen (Scot)21/01/1982Handling of a Scottish prosecutionStandardshttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104858
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ThatcherOppenheimTrade05/03/1982Personal - death of husbandPersonal/otherhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104871
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ThatcherCarringtonForeign Office05/04/1982FalklandsAccountability
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104911
Y
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ThatcherAtkinsLord Privy Seal05/04/1982FalklandsAccountability
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104911
Y
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ThatcherLuceForeign Office05/04/1982FalklandsAccountabilityhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104911
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ThatcherBudgenCommons Whip08/05/1982Northern Ireland policyDisagreementhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/122573
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ThatcherNottDefence6/1/1983PersonalPersonal/otherY
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ThatcherParkinsonTrade and Industry11/10/1983Personal - child with former secretaryPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/archive/1983cac3.asp
Y
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ThatcherMansfieldN Ireland Office12/04/1984UnclearUnclear
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ThatcherCockfieldCh Duchy of Lancaster11/09/1984Became European CommissionerPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105744
y
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ThatcherHoggCommons Whip01/10/1984UnclearUnclear
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ThatcherEdenEnvironment26/03/1985Ill healthPersonal/otherhttps://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/21/world/nicholas-eden-earl-of-avon-and-former-aide-to-thatcher.html
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ThatcherGowTreasury16/11/1985Northern Ireland policyDisagreementhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106174
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ThatcherHeseltineDefence07/01/1986Westland affairDisagreement
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106298
Y
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ThatcherBrittanTrade and Industry22/01/1986Westland affairPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106316
Y
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ThatcherJosephEducation and Science21/05/1986Thought fresh voice neededPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106396
y
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ThatcherHaversLord Chancellor26/10/1987Ill healthPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106953
y
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ThatcherWhitelawLords Leader10/01/1988Ill healthPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107145
y
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ThatcherCurrieHealth16/12/1988Salmonella remarksPersonal/otherhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107423
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ThatcherLawsonTreasury29/10/1989Economic policyDisagreement
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107805
Y
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ThatcherFowlerEmployment03/01/1990Spend more time with familyPersonal/other
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107986
y
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ThatcherWalkerWelsh Office04/05/1990UnclearUnclear
https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2010/jun/23/lord-walker-of-worcester-obituary
y
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ThatcherRidleyTrade and Industry13/07/1990Remarks about Germany and EuropeStandards
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108153
Y
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ThatcherNichollsEnvironment11/10/1990Arrest for drink drivingPersonal/otherhttps://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108215
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ThatcherHoweCommons Leader/DPM01/11/1990European policyDisagreement
https://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108236
Y
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MajorDenhamLords Chief Whip22/05/1991Stepped downPersonal/otherhttps://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/1991-05-22/debates/73f5cb1f-843c-4393-84f2-da10ea467805/LordDenhamTributes
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MajorMellorNational Heritage22/09/1992Personal - affairPersonal/other
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/24/newsid_2529000/2529115.stm
Y
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MajorFormanEducation and Science11/12/1992Personal reasonsPersonal/otherhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/education-minister-quits-1563092.html
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MajorMatesN Ireland Office24/06/1993Links with Asil NadirStandardshttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/mates-thrown-to-media-wolves-tories-blame-serious-fraud-office-campaign-for-resignation-amid-anger-1493604.html
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MajorHeskethLords Chief Whip16/09/1993UnclearUnclearhttps://www.lgcplus.com/ministerial-resignation-and-appointments-house-of-lords/1658241.article
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MajorYeoEnvironment05/01/1994Personal - child out of wedlockPersonal/otherhttps://preview.independent.co.uk/news/uk/the-yeo-resignation-mp-hopes-for-end-to-distressing-intrusions-the-letters-1405144.html
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MajorCaithnessForeign Office11/01/1994Personal - death of wifePersonal/otherhttps://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12702398.another-blow-for-tories-lord-caithness-resigns-after-wifes-death/
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MajorBrownCommons Whip09/05/1994Personal - alleged homosexual affairPersonal/otherhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36468511
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MajorSmithN Ireland Office20/10/1994Cash for questionsStandardshttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/1994/oct/20/conservatives.uk
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MajorHamiltonTrade and Industry25/10/1994Cash for questionsStandardshttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/1994/oct/20/conservatives.uk
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MajorArranLords Whip09/01/1995UnclearUnclear
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MajorStewartScottish Office08/02/1995Personal - threatening protestersStandardshttps://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14954282.obituary-allan-stewart-scottish-tory-mp-whose-troubles-ended-his-career/
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MajorWardleTrade and Industry11/02/1995European/Immigration policyDisagreementhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/junior-minister-resigns-over-immigration-1572609.html
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MajorHughesCabinet Office06/03/1995Personal - affairPersonal/otherhttps://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12541827.minister-admits-affair-and-quits-major-pre-empts-scandal-by-accepting-resignation/
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MajorRedwoodWelsh Office26/06/1995Leadership challengeDisagreement
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/tory-leadership-election-redwoods-resignation-letter-to-john-major-1588470.html
Y
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MajorAitkenTreasury05/07/1995Fight libel actionStandards
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12099603.Swashbuckling_cavalier_who_fell_on_his_sword/
Y
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MajorHurdHome Office05/07/1995RetirementPre-announced
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/the-hurd-resignation-a-broad-vision-darkened-by-politics-1587989.html
y
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MajorBakerHome Office17/10/1995Ill healthPersonal/otherhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Baker_(politician)
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MajorRichardsWelsh Office02/06/1996Personal - affairPersonal/otherhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/welsh-minister-quits-over-sex-scandal-1335266.html
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MajorHeathcoat-AmoryPaymaster General22/07/1996European policyDisagreementhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/politics97/background/pastelec/resign.shtml
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MajorNorrisTransport23/07/1996Personal?Unclearhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/unrepentant-norris-romps-and-tells-1364752.html
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MajorEggarTrade and Industry23/07/1996Personal?Unclear
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MajorWillettsPaymaster General11/12/1996Criticism by Standards and Privileges CtteeStandardshttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/sensation-tory-minister-does-the-decent-thing-1314095.html
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BlairFosterCabinet Office04/05/1997Dissatisfaction with junior postPersonal/otherhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/foster-quits-over-cabinet-post-snub-1260125.html
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BlairChisholmScottish Office10/12/1997Welfare policyDisagreementhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/38656.stm
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BlairDaviesWelsh Office22/10/1998Personal - 'moment of madness'Personal/other
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/204691.stm
Y
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BlairMandelsonTrade and Industry23/12/1998Home loanPersonal/other
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/241464.stm
Y
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BlairRobinsonPaymaster General23/12/1998Home loanPersonal/otherhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/241464.stm
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BlairHoyleLords Whip09/04/1999Appointment as Warrington Wolves chairmanPersonal/otherhttps://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/6127672.From_Lords_to_Rugby_League/
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BlairDewarScottish Office17/05/1999Became First Minister of ScotlandPersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/oct/12/guardianobituaries.labour
y
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BlairMichaelWelsh Office27/07/1999Became First Secretary of WalesPersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2000/feb/09/wales.devolution5
y
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BlairMcFallN Ireland Office02/12/1999Possibly to pursue new challengesPersonal/otherhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/2821239/The-rise-of-John-McFall-credit-crisis-key-figure.html
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BlairDubsN Ireland Office31/12/1999UnclearUnclearhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36140619
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BlairKilfoyleCabinet Office30/01/2000Not best use of energies/disillusionmentDisagreementhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2000/jan/31/labour.labour1997to991
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BlairMandelsonN Ireland Office24/01/2001Involvement in passport applicationPersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/jan/24/labour.labour1997to99
Y
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BlairMorganCabinet Office09/11/2001
Appointment as Director of Political and Government Relations, No 10
Personal/otherhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1362020/Baroness-is-named-as-Blairs-new-aide.html
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BlairByersDTLR28/05/2002Distraction for governmentPersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2002/may/28/localgovernment.transportintheuk
Y
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BlairMorrisEducation and Skills24/10/2002Not effective as she wanted to bePersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/oct/23/labour.publicservices
Y
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BlairCookCommons Leader17/03/2003Iraq policyDisagreement
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/mar/17/labour.iraq1
Y
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BlairLord HuntHealth18/03/2003Iraq policyDisagreementhttps://www.digitalhealth.net/2003/03/lord-hunt-resigns-over-iraq/
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BlairDenhamHome Office18/03/2003Iraq policyDisagreementhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2860675.stm
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BlairShortInternational Dev12/05/2003Iraq policyDisagreement
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/may/12/labour.voluntarysector
Y
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BlairWillsHome Office11/07/2003European policy (to campaign against CAP)Personal/otherhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2003/jul/12/society.eu
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BlairHughesHome Office01/04/2004Unwittingly' misleading during visa rowAccountabilityhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3589131.stm
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BlairSmithWork and Pensions08/09/2004More time in constituency/with familyPersonal/other
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2004/sep/06/labour.economy
Y
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BlairBlunkettHome Office15/12/2004Fast-track visa application rowStandards
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/dec/15/davidblunkett.immigrationpolicy1
Y
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BlairBlunkettWork and Pensions02/11/2005Failure to consult jobs watchdogStandards
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/nov/02/money.davidblunkett
Y
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BlairBuckTransport16/03/2006
Portfolio unsuited to interests, wanted to work on London Poverty Commission
Personal/otherhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2006/feb/25/uk.labour
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BlairWatsonDefence06/09/2006Signed letter calling for resignation dateDisagreementhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5320760.stm
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BlairSainsburyTrade and Industry10/11/2006Personal reasonsPersonal/otherhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6135666.stm
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BlairWarnerHealth04/01/2007Personal reasonsPersonal/otherhttps://www.digitalhealth.net/2007/01/lord-hunt-returns-as-nhs-it-minister/
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BlairGriffithsCommons Dep Leader11/03/2007Trident policyDisagreementhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/mar/12/immigrationpolicy.military
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BrownTruscottLords Whip17/10/2007UnclearUnclear
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BrownDraysonDefence/BERR07/11/2007To race at Le MansPersonal/otherhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2007/nov/08/uk.topstories3
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BrownHainWork and Pensions24/01/2008Campaign donationsStandards
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7207346.stm
Y
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BrownMcDonaghCommons Whip12/09/2008Called for leadership contestDisagreementhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/sep/12/gordonbrown.labour
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BrownCairnsScotland Office16/09/2008Called for leadership debateDisagreementhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/2970274/David-Cairns-letter-of-resignation-to-Gordon-Brown-in-full.html
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BrownHughesEducation (DCSF)02/06/2009Personal - 'family circumstances'Pre-announcedhttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2009/jun/02/beverley-hughes-resignation
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BrownSmithHome Office02/06/2009Personal - anticipating reshufflePre-announced
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jun/02/darling-hoon-expenses-reshuffle
Y
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BrownWatsonCabinet Office02/06/2009Personal - toll on family lifePre-announcedhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jun/02/tom-watson-step-down-controversies
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BrownPurnellWork and Pensions04/06/2009Loss of faith in PMDisagreement
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8084290.stm
Y
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BrownBlearsCommunities/Local Gov05/06/2009Returning to the grassroots'Pre-announced
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jun/03/hazel-blears-resignation-statement
Y
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BrownFlintForeign Office05/06/2009Failure to have 'inclusive government'Disagreement
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/5454526/Caroline-Flint-resignation-letter-in-full.html
Y
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BrownKennedyDefra08/06/2009Undermining of colleagues by Number 10Disagreementhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jun/08/jane-kennedy-quits
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BrownUssherTreasury15/06/2009Family reasons in aftermath of expenses rowPersonal/otherhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/labour-mps-expenses/5562961/MPs-expenses-Kitty-Usshers-resignation-letter.html
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BrownDarziHealth21/07/2009More time with family and in medicinePersonal/otherhttps://www.theguardian.com/politics/2009/jul/14/lord-ara-darzi-quit
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BrownCarterBIS/DCMS21/07/2009Digital Britain report completedPersonal/otherhttps://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/jun/12/lord-carter-step-down-summer
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BrownMalloch-BrownForeign Office24/07/2009Personal and family reasonsPersonal/other
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8139632.stm
y
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BrownVaderaCabinet Office/BIS28/09/2009New role advising G20Personal/otherhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8272623.stm
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CameronLawsTreasury29/05/2010ExpensesStandards
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10191673
Y
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CameronFoxDefence14/10/2011Working relationship with friendStandards
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15311615; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/liam-fox-breached-ministerial-code-2372167.html
Y
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CameronHuhneDECC03/02/2012To fight against speeding chargesPersonal/other
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16870651
Y
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CameronMitchellCommons Chief Whip19/10/2012Unable to fulfil duties given 'Plebgate'Personal/other
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20012435
Y
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CameronStrathclydeLords Leader07/01/2013Personal - life beyond politicsPersonal/other
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130203145230/http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Lord-Strathclyde-Resignation.pdf
Y
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