Douglas Ross resigns: Scottish Tory minister's statement in full

The Scottish Tory MP, who was first elected in 2017, resigned amid the row over Dominic Cummings.

Conservative MP Douglas Ross resigned from his ministerial position this morning amid an ongoing row over the conduct of Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.

Here is the full text of Douglas Ross's resignation statement:

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"I have just tendered my resignation from the UK Government and my position as Under Secretary of State for Scotland.

Conservative MP Douglas Ross resigned from his ministerial position this morning amid an ongoing row over the conduct of Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.

"Following my re-election as MP for Moray last December, I was honoured to be asked by the Prime Minister to join his Government and take on this role in the Scotland Office.

"It is a position I have relished and one I've committed to wholeheartedly since my appointment.

"There was much I still hoped to do in this role but events over the last few days mean I can no longer serve as a member of this Government.

"I have never met Dominic Cummings so my judgment on this matter has always been open and I accept his statement on Monday afternoon clarified the actions he took in what he felt were the best interests of his family. However, these were decisions many others felt were not available to them.

"As a father myself, my instinct is to always do what is best for my son and wife. We have been fortunate not to have caught this awful virus but, if we did, we are prepared to follow the government advice and stay at home to contain this virus.

"While the intentions may have been well-meaning, the reaction to this news shows that Mr Cummings' interpretation of the government advice was not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the Government asked.

"I have constituents who didn't get to say goodbye to loved ones; families who could not mourn together; people who didn't visit sick relatives because they followed the guidance of the Government.

"I cannot in good faith tell them they were all wrong and one senior adviser to the Government was right.

"This is not a decision I have reached quickly. I have waited to hear all of the information and thought long and hard over this.

"I realise both the immediate and long-term implications of my decision to resign from Government.

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