Paul Holmes, MP for Eastleigh, has resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary over the partygate scandal.

The 33-year-old said ‘deep mistrust’ of the Conservative Party had been created and led to a ‘toxic culture’ at Number 10.

In a statement published on his blog, Mr Holmes wrote: ‘Over the last few weeks this distress has led me to conclude that I want to continue to focus solely on my efforts in being your Member of Parliament and the campaigns that are important to you.

‘That is why I have now resigned from my governmental responsibilities as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Home Office.’

The partygate scandal and publication of Sue Gray’s report has led to a wave of Tory MPs speaking out against Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson received one fine attending his own birthday party where he was infamously ‘ambushed with a cake.’

Mr Holmes added: ‘It is clear to me that a deep mistrust in both the Government and the Conservative Party has been created by these events, something that pains me personally as someone who always tries to represent Eastleigh and its people with integrity.

‘Whether that is taking up your issues in Parliament or helping people with their problems closer to home, since 2019 we have completed over 12,000 pieces of constituency casework.

‘It is distressing to me that this work on your behalf has been tarnished by the toxic culture that seemed to have permeated Number 10.’

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