Watch: remarkable scenes as minister resigns for being late

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Junior Dfid minister Michael Bates has stunned the House of Lords by resigning his post after arriving late for ministerial questions.

Bates, who has been a Conservative peer since 2008, and a minister since 2016, arrived late to the House and was unable to take a question from Ruth Lister, an academic and Labour peer.

To the surprise of the House, Bates announced that he would resign as a result, and walked out, despite shouts of “No!” from all sides of the house. 

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