Skills Minister Nick Boles announced his resignation from UK government office

United Kingdom : Skills minister Nick Boles has announced his resignation from government office as Theresa May arrives as Prime Minister, but insisted he will offer her his “full support” from the backbenches.

Mr Boles is a close ally of David Cameron and paid tribute to his “remarkable” service as Prime Minister and Conservative leader. He was part of the informal “Notting Hill Set” of modernizing Tories around Mr Cameron and his work with the Policy Exchange think-tank before becoming MP for Grantham and Stafford in 2010 helped frame his agenda as leader.

In a message on his Facebook page, Mr Boles said: “It was a huge privilege to be part of his Government. I want to thank him for offering me the opportunity to serve my country. I believe that this is the right time for me to return to the back benches.”

Mr Boles served as minister for planning from 2012 before being moved to planning in 2014.

He said he took “particular pride” in the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the development of the Government’s Skills Plan and the introduction of planning reforms allowing the conversion of under-utilized offices and agricultural buildings into housing.

Mr Boles said: “I would also like to congratulate Theresa May on becoming Prime Minister. I am very proud to be a member of the party that has now elected two women to hold this office. I look forward to giving her my full support as she strives to make Britain a place that works for everyone, not just a privileged few. It is a noble ambition and I wish her well.”

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