News of Wales : Peter Hain resigns as Secretary of State for Wales.

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An occasional update of Welsh News : January 24th 2008


The Welsh Secretary Peter Hain resigned today the 24th January 2008 following investigations into his deputy leadership campaign and Hain's late declaration  of donations (£103,000).

He quit within minutes of the Electoral Commission referring the investigation to Scotland Yard. He telephoned Gordon Brown at 11.30.a.m. to hand in his resignation to the Prime Minister who had previously said Hain was "guilty of an incompetence".

Peter Hain said he had no alternative but to resign and he seriously regretted the mistake of the late declaration of donations. (£103,000)

Hain continued "I will continue to cooperate in the future with the Police investigation. I enjoyed working as secretary of State for Wales and I wish the Government all the best."

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