July 24, 2019 / 1:33 PM / 3 months ago

UK de facto deputy PM Lidington resigns ahead of new government

FILE PHOTO: 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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