Monday, January 7, 2013
Lord Strathclyde resigns as Leader of House of Lords
Timing of his announcement caused an unwelcome distraction to the Coalition
NIGEL MORRIS MONDAY 07 JANUARY 2013
David Cameron suffered a blow to the “relaunch” of the Coalition government as one of his most experienced Cabinet ministers announced his resignation.
Lord Strathclyde stood down with immediate effect as Leader of the House of Lords explaining that he wanted to resume his career in the private sector.
The timing of his announcement caused an unwelcome distraction to the Coalition as it prepared to set out its plans for the second half of its term in office.
Lord Strathclyde’s surprise announcement is also a setback to the Prime Minister who relied heavily on the advice of the 52-year-old hereditary peer. It follows the Government’s decision to abandon plans to reform the House of Lords – proposals that had been regarded with scepticism by Lord Strathclyde.
He was replaced as Leader of the Lords by Lord Hill of Oareford, who also becomes Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and a member of the Privy Council.
In his resignation letter, Lord Strathclyde said “I never believed it was a career for life”, when he was appointed a minister in the Thatcher government 1988.
He said: “I started my working life in the private sector and at some stage always hoped to return. I would like to do so now.