Nick Boles MP has resigned from his position as Skills Minister and returned to the Conservative back benches in the wake of Theresa May being made Prime Minister this afternoon.
The Member of Parliament for Stamford, Grantham and Bourne said: “As David Cameron prepares to visit HM the Queen and tender his resignation I want to add my voice to those praising his remarkable service as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. 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.
“I have greatly enjoyed my time as minister for skills and minister for planning. I take particular pride in three things: the introduction of the apprenticeship levy which will encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships and increase spending on apprenticeship training by £1 billion a year by 2020; the development of the government’s Skills Plan which heralds a transformation in the status and quality of technical education in England; and the introduction of permitted development rights which have made it possible to convert thousands of under-utilised offices and agricultural buildings into desperately needed housing.
“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.”