The Staggers 31 January 2018 Watch: remarkable scenes as minister resigns for being late Photo: Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Treasury Minister Lord Bates just resigned from the government after apologising for missing a question from Labour's Baroness Lister of Burtersett. pic.twitter.com/3hLXmaDC2B — Richard Morris (@imrichardmorris) January 31, 2018 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. › Pro-Leave MPs are happy to gamble on Brexit, because they know someone else will pay for it Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!