July 24, 2019 / 1:53 PM / a month ago

UK de facto deputy PM Lidington resigns ahead of new government

Britain's Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington arrives in Downing Street in London, Britain June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s de facto deputy prime minister David Lidington resigned from the government on Wednesday ahead of Boris Johnson being appointed prime minister.

“I wrote to @BorisJohnson yesterday to congratulate him on his election, to wish him well & to say I’ve decided that after 20 yrs on the front bench it’s the right moment to move on,” Lidington said on Twitter.

Reporting By Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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