He has served as deputy speaker and deputy chairman

Lord briefly resigns from the British government for being late

“I wonder if you permit me to offer my sincere apologies to Baroness Lister for my discourtesy in not being in my place to answer her question on a very important matter,” Lord Bates said shortly after he arrived at his place.

“During the five years of which it’s been my privilege to answer questions from the despatch box on behalf of the government, I’ve always believed we should offer rise to the highest possible standards of courtesy and respect in responding on behalf of the government to the legitimate questions of the legislature.”

“I’m thoroughly ashamed at not being in my place and therefore I shall be offering my resignation to the Prime Minister with immediate effect. I do apologize.”

Bates appeared to then walk out of the chamber as other Lords shouted “No” to his shock announcement ## ## .

Baroness Smith of Basildon, the opposition Labour party’s leader in the House of Lords, sprang to her feet to assure Lord Bates he had no reason to resign over a “minor discourtesy.”

Lord Bates is a frontbencher in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government and was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development in 2016. He has served as deputy speaker and deputy chairman of the Lords before.

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