"I am confident I will be cleared of any breach or wrong doing"
Alun Cairns has written to the Prime Minister to tender his resignation as Secretary of State for Wales after being accused of "brazenly lying" about his knowledge of an allegation that a Tory candidate had sabotaged a rape trial.
Dear Prime Minister
You will be aware of allegations relating to the actions of a Party employee and
candidate for the Welsh Assembly elections in the Vale of Glamorgan.
This is a very sensitive matter, and in light of continued speculation, I write to tender
my resignation as Secretary of State for Wales.
I will cooperate in full with the investigation under the Ministerial Code which will now
take place and I am confident I will be cleared of any breach or wrong doing.
It has been an honour to serve in your Government and a privilege to see the positive
steps you have made in such a short time. Your work to secure a deal to leave the
European Union has been extraordinary and the opportunities it brings are exciting for
all parts of the country. I thank you for your commitment to the Union and the way in
which you have made it central to all areas of government policy.
My experience of seeing your work first hand with Cabinet colleagues gives me
confidence for the future. Your vision and drive to move the country forward to meet
the opportunities of Brexit and to protect and enhance public services is exemplary.
I will continue to work to support your vision and ambitions for the country and am
grateful for the honour of serving in your Cabinet.