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The Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, has today resigned after claims he knew about his former aide’s alleged role in “sabotaging” a rape trial.

Cairns has denied he knew about Ross England’s evidence to a trial in 2018, which collapsed, before the story broke last week. Mr England was a Conservative candidate for the Welsh Assembly in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Cairns, who had been Welsh Secretary since 2016, said in a letter to the Prime Minister he would co-operate fully with a Cabinet Office investigation adding: “I am confident I will be cleared of any breach [of the ministerial code] or wrongdoing.”

The Prime Minister said in response: “You can be proud of your record of delivery for the people of Wales, in particular your role in ensuring the abolition of tolls on the Severn bridges.”

 

 

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