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UK minister resigns after rejecting PM's reshuffle: govt

AFP  |  London 

Britain's education minister, Justine Greening, resigned from the today after refusing another Cabinet position in a reshuffle by Theresa May, a Downing Street source said.

Greening was offered the welfare and pensions brief "but declined to take it," the source added.

"The is disappointed but respects her decision to leave the "

Shortly after confirming Greening's departure, Downing Street officially announced she would be replaced by Damian Hinds, who had been serving as

Greening, who represents a constituency and backed remaining in the during the Brexit referendum campaign, will return to the backbenches.

Some Conservative colleagues immediately voiced their support for her.

Fellow member of wrote on she was "bitterly disappointed" at Greening's departure, saying: "A dreadful shame we have lost such a progressive, listening, compassionate woman from "

May launched a long-awaited reshuffle of her Cabinet today, which nevertheless left most of her senior ministers in position.

Greening becomes the fourth minister since November to leave the government, after Damian Green, and Priti Patel were forced out in unrelated scandals.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 02:35 IST