Conar Burns, a close ally of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned after veiling threats to a member of the public. Burns was first elected to the Parliament in 2010.
He was made a trade minister by Boris Johnson shortly after he entered Downing Street in July last year. Conar burns was the leading campaigner for Britain’s exit from the European Union in 2016.
A complaint was received by the commissioner from the member of the public connected to a firm with which Burn`s father was in dispute over repayment of a loan. According to the committee of standards, he had broken Commons rules after suggesting that he could use Parliamentary privilege over the debt dispute.
He wrote: “I`m acutely aware that my role in the public eye could attract interest especially if I were to use parliamentary privilege to raise the case”. It was concluded that Burns had tried to intimidate the member of the public, and it was an abuse of his position as MP which required a “sanction more severe than an apology”.
The dispute related purely to family matters and has no connection to his parliamentary role hence Burns should be suspended from the service of the House for seven days. However, it seems the committee now has no need to suspend him as he has resigned already.
Posting on Twitter, Mr Burns said: “With deep regret, I have decided to resign as Minister of State for International Trade. Boris Johnson will continue to have my wholehearted support from the backbenches.”