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LONDON — Trade Secretary Conor Burns has been sacked from the UK government following a “gross misconduct” complaint at the ruling Conservative Party’s annual conference this week.
The MP was also suspended from the party’s grouping in parliament, pending an investigation into the allegations against him.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “Following a complaint of serious misconduct, the Prime Minister has asked Conor Burns MP to leave the government with immediate effect. The Prime Minister has taken direct action after he was informed of this allegation and it is clear that all ministers must maintain … high standards of behavior – as the public rightly expects.
Burns, 50, told The Sun newspaper – which first published the story – that he would “co-operate fully with the investigation and look forward to clearing his name”.
The Conservative Party conference took place in Birmingham from Sunday to Wednesday this week.
In 2020, Burns resigned as trade minister after Parliament’s standards watchdog said he used his position to intimidate a member of the public. A close ally of former prime minister Boris Johnson, Burns was appointed minister in the Northern Ireland office in September last year and returned to the trade department through Truss a month ago.