British immigration minister quits over illegal cleaner
Published on Feb 9, 2014 12:40 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's immigration minister resigned on Saturday after it emerged that he had employed a cleaner who was in the country illegally, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said.
Downing Street said there was no suggestion Mr Mark Harper, a junior minister in the Home Office, knew the cleaner was an illegal immigrant, adding that the woman had given him false papers.
Mr Harper had been overseeing the passage of new immigration laws, a key issue for Cameron's Conservative party ahead of elections in May 2015.
"Mark Harper offered his resignation after he was informed that his cleaner did not have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite having shown him documents claiming she did," a Downing Street spokesman said in a statement.
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