A member of the House of Lords has stunned colleagues by resigning because he was late to the chamber.
Lord Bates said he was “ashamed” to not be in his place to answer a question from Labour’s Baroness Lister.
He apologised for his “discourtesy” and said he would be offering his resignation as a minister to the PM, before walking out of the chamber.
Peers urged him in vain not to go, and Labour’s leader in the Lords said an apology would have sufficed.
Lord Bates, an international development minister and former Conservative MP, was meant to be in the House of Lords chamber for the start of oral questions at 15:00 GMT.
His frontbench colleague, Lord Taylor, appeared to be caught off guard at having to answer the first question in his absence.
Lord Bates, who arrived about one minute late, stood up at the the end of the half hour session to deliver his …