UK trade minister resigns after threatening member of public

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Conor Burns, Britain’s trade minister, quit Monday after it was revealed he had used his position to threaten a member of public in a financial dispute with his father.

The committee’s report found he had made “veiled threats” to use privilege to “further his family’s interests” during the financial dispute involving his father. In February, Mr Burns had written to a member of the public connected to a company with whom his father was in dispute over the repayment of a loan. He wrote: “I am acutely aware that my role in the public eye could well attract interest especially if I were to use parliamentary privilege to raise the case”.



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