Levelling Up ministers quit

Neil O’Brien, the minister who has been perhaps most closely involved in plans for levelling up, from preparing the Levelling Up White Paper published in February to negotiating devolution deals with areas like the North East, is among those reported to have resigned from the government today.

Another levelling up minister, Kemi Badenoch, has also quit, as has Stuart Andrew, housing minister, according to the BBC.

The resignations leave the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) without three of its seven-member ministerial team, including those specialising in levelling up.

In addition, according to the BBC, Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up and head of the DLUHC, has spoken out, telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.