'I am thoroughly ashamed': British politician resigns after arriving late for work
"An apology from Lord Bates is perfectly sufficient. It was a minor discourtesy of which any of us can be guilty of on occasion," Baroness Smith of Basildon said shortly after Bates' resignation.
People, in general, when they are late to work usually think that offering an apology would suffice their predicament, however, a British politician took it to a whole new level and offered his resignation along with an apology for arriving late to the House of Lords.
Reports state that it took less than 60 seconds for Lord Michael Bates to arrive late, apologize profusely, and offer his resignation and then leave the House of Lords on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
"I want to offer my sincere apologies to Baroness Lister for my discourtesy in not being in my place to answer her question on a very important matter at the beginning of questions," Bates said while standing up in front of his peers.
Treasury Minister Lord Bates just resigned from the government after apologising for missing a question from Labour's Baroness Lister of Burtersett. pic.twitter.com/3hLXmaDC2B— Richard Morris (@imrichardmorris) January 31, 2018
"During the five years in which it's been my privilege to answer questions from this dispatcher box on behalf of the government, I've always believed that we should rise to the highest possible standards of courtesy and respect in responding on behalf of the government to the legitimate questions of the legislature," he continued.
"I am thoroughly ashamed at not being in my place and therefore I shall be offering my resignation to the prime minister . . . with immediate effect," Bates continued. He is the international development minister in the British government.
"I do apologize," the minister added while assembling his belongings and swiftly exiting the chamber, according to reports.
Reports state that Bates' peers were stunned at the moment and many politicians present in the chamber exclaimed "No!" and tried to reach out and pull him back into the chamber when he announced his resignation. While many could also be heard laughing in disbelief of the proposal, according to witnesses.
Just seen the story about Lord Michael Bates (a really good person btw) it I resigned every time I was late or did someone a discourteous act I would be roughly going through 26 jobs a year.— John Sharp (@jwgsharp) January 31, 2018
Shortly after Bates' resignation, Baroness Smith of Basildon intervened and silenced the house, she said: "An apology from Lord Bates is perfectly sufficient. It was a minor discourtesy of which any of us can be guilty of on occasion."
Bates' resignation was later rejected by Prime Minister Theresa May who deemed it "unnecessary."
"His resignation was refused as it was judged this was unnecessary," a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May said. "As a hard-working and diligent minister, it is typical of his approach that he takes his responsibilities to Parliament so seriously."
While Baronells Lister told the Guardian: "Of all the ministers I'd want to cause to resign, he'd be the last."
Lord Michael Bates was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development in 2016 and is a frontbencher in May's government. The politician has served as deputy speaker and deputy chairman of the Lords before.
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