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British Immigration Minister resigns

London, Feb 8 : British Immigration Minister Mark Harper has resigned from the government over the illegal employment of a foreign cleaner, the country's Prime Minister's office said on Saturday.


"Mark Harper offered his resignation after he was informed that his cleaner did not have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite having shown him documents claiming she did," the British Prime Minister's office said in a statement.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has accepted Harper's resignation.

"He immediately notified the Prime Minister - who accepted his resignation with regret. There is no suggestion that Mr Harper knowingly employed an illegal immigrant," read the statement.

Harper in his letter to the Prime Minister said he would continue in his role as the MP.

"I am grateful for the opportunities you have given me since you became Leader of the Conservative Party, first in Opposition and then in Government. I will continue to support you as Prime Minister, the Conservative Party and this Government in whatever way I can from the backbenches. I will also continue to serve my constituents in the Forest of Dean to the best of my ability," Harper said in his letter to the PM.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-02-2014)

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