Show Hide image World 11 August 2014 Second Foreign Office Minister resigns in a week Mark Simmonds leaves the Government. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Mark Simmonds, the junior Foregin Office minister with responsibility for Africa, has resigned from the Government, according to No 10. The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said Simmonds’ resignation was not related to the UK Government’s handling of Gaza, which was the reason Baroness Warsi gave for her resignation from the Cabinet last Tuesday. Downing Street said that the promotion of Philip Hammond to Foreign Secretary in the reshuffle was also unrelated. Simmonds wrote to David Cameron several weeks ago saying he has decided not to stand in his Boston and Skegness seat at the general election next May. He was praised by the Prime Minister, but tensions had risen after Simmonds missed last summer’s vote on British intervention in Syria because he was in a meeting with Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, on the parliamentary estate. No 10 said that Simmonds had agreed to resign at the time of last month's reshuffle, but stayed on in post to chair a meeting last week of the UN Security Council on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will be replaced by MP James Duddridge. › At the Verbier Festival, a lot of music is packed into a small town Lucy Fisher writes about politics and is the winner of the Anthony Howard Award 2013. She tweets @LOS_Fisher. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles This is the place: the poem Tony Walsh read at the Manchester attack vigil The problems with ending encryption to fight terrorism How long will general election campaigning be suspended after the Manchester attack?