Stephen Crabb has resigned from his Government post as Works and Pensions Secretary, citing ‘the best interests of his family’.
Crabb was rushed into the role at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following the resignation of prominent Brexiteer Iain Duncan-Smith after the Budget this year.
Following the vote to Leave at the EU Referendum, Crabb declared his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative party and the role of Prime Minister, but withdrew from the race after he finished fourth in the first round of voting.
Reports about his private life have prompted his resignation. On Saturday, The Times reported that Crabb made a number of sexually explicit statements in Whatsapp messages to a former colleague. He is married with two children, and had partly staked his leadership pitch on his family values.
According to ITV News, Crabb said he was resigning ‘in the best interests of my family’.
Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce Crabb’s replacement as part of a cabinet reshuffle this afternoon.