15:27 GMT14 June 2021
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    Last week, the Welsh Conservatives announced Alun Cairns was unaware of his former aide Ross England’s role in a rape lawsuit before it went public a few days before.

    Secretary of State for Wales, and British Conservative Party politician Alun Cairns has resigned after his former aide was accused of sabotaging a rape trial. The Welsh secretary reportedly denied knowing about it.

    "This is a very sensitive matter, and in the light of continued speculation, I write to tender my resignation as Secretary of State", Cairns said in a letter to the British PM.

    The statement comes after BBC Wales reported about an email sent to him by Geraint Evans, his special adviser in August 2018 mentioning the matter.

    "I have spoken to Ross and he is confident no action will be taken by the court", the letter said as quoted by BBC Wales.

    Former aide Ross England was reportedly suspended as a candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan and as an employee, last week after aspects of the court case appeared and the party claimed a "full investigation will be conducted".

    Several politicians immediately called for Cairns to be removed as Welsh secretary and withdrawn as a general election candidate in relation to this rape trial.

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