Former Horsham MP to quit top minister post

Francis Maude. Photo by Steve Cobb S13390528x
Francis Maude. Photo by Steve Cobb S13390528x

Former Horsham MP Francis Maude has announced he is stepping down as Britain’s trade minister.

Conservative peer Lord Maude will stand down after less than a year in the job, according to the Financial Times.

He told the national newspaper he plans to step down ‘pretty soon’.

He said: “I said I would do the diagnosis and the prescription piece of the job. It feels like this was the right break point.”

He said he would return to the private sector and do ‘a bit of not-for-profit’.

Lord Maude served as the Horsham district’s MP for 18 years between 1997 and 2015,

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