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Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds steps down

11 August 2014 Last updated at 23:48 BST

Foreign Office Minister has Mark Simmonds resigned from the government. saying his decision was based on the fact he ''rarely sees'' his wife and children.

He told the BBC his stepping down was not connected to the events in Gaza which led to Baroness Warsi quitting as Foreign Office minister earlier this month.

Ross Hawkins reports.