It’s often said a week is a long time in politics and so it has proved for the now former Treasury Minister David Ashford.
Having insisted earlier this week that he wouldn’t be resigning after the publication of the outcome of the Dr Rosalind Ranson tribunal, Mr Ashford has performed a dramatic U-turn and has now decided to go.
Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK said: ‘It is with regret that I have accepted Mr Ashford’s resignation as Treasury Minister.
‘I would like to place on record my thanks for the contribution he has made in establishing the new administration and indeed for the contribution he made during the Covid-19 pandemic as Health and Social Care Minister.
‘David has always played a full and active role in the business of government and I commend his commitment to the roles he has undertaken. I fully respect the decision he has reached and wish him well as he returns to the backbenches.’