UK Politics

Former UK minister for Northern Ireland fired after misconduct complaint

The dismissal has put a renewed focus on the behavior of Conservative MPs

Liz Truss fired her trade minister Conor Burns following a “complaint of serious misconduct,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said has announced, without giving details.

Burns has also been suspended from the ruling Conservative parliamentary party pending an investigation.

His dismissal is yet another setback for Truss following a dismal annual party conference in Birmingham this week, which descended into infighting over her U-turn on a key policy. It will put renewed focus on ...