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15th Nov 2018

Conservative party vice chairman Rehman Chishti resigns

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Oli Dugmore

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: (L to R) James Morris (Vice Chair, Training and Development ), Helen Grant (Vice Chair, Diverse Communities ), Marcus Jones (Vice Chair Local Government), Rehman Chishti (Vice Chair, Diverse Communities), Brandon Lewis (Chair), Prime Minister Theresa May, James Cleverly (Deputy Chair), Kemi Badenoch (Vice Chair for Candidates), Chris Skidmore (Vice Chair, Policy), Maria Caulfield (Vice Chair for Women), Ben Bradley (Vice Chair for Youth) pose outside 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister Reshuffles her cabinet on January 8, 2018 in London, England. Today's Cabinet reshuffle is Theresa May's third since becoming Prime Minister in July 2016 and was triggered after she sacked first secretary of state and close friend Damian Green before Christmas. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Conservative party junior vice chairman Rehman Chishti resigned his post this afternoon, continuing an avalanche of departures in Theresa May’s top team.

He said his reasons for resigning were both the draft agreement for leaving the EU as well as the UK’s handling of Asia Bibi’s asylum case – Chishti is also the PM’s trade envoy to Pakistan.

Chishti is now the fifth significant politician to hand in their notice today (Thursday.)  Suella Braverman, work and pensions secretary Esther McVeyBrexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara all left this morning. The list of Conservative resignations continues.

The latest departure said he was disappointed with the “lack of leadership” shown by Theresa May.

Chishti wrote: “At the outset, this, for me, is about delivering to the British people at the General Election last year in our manifesto, that leaving the European Union means leaving the single market and customs union.

“It would not be appropriate for me to continue in these roles, which I very much enjoy, as it would require me to advocate for a position which I feel is contrary to our firm manifesto commitment.”