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Wednesday, 23 October, 2002, 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
The departed remembered
Estelle Morris
Estelle Morris became education secretary last summer
Estelle Morris is only the latest minister to depart from Tony Blair's government since Labour came to power in 1997.

Here BBC News Online remembers those who have come - and gone - before.


July 1998: Social Security Minister Frank Field resigns after Tony Blair decided not to give him the job of his boss, Harriet Harman, when she was dropped from the cabinet.

October 1998: Welsh Secretary Ron Davies becomes the first cabinet minister to quit after the "moment of madness" which saw him robbed by a male stranger on Clapham Common.

December 1998: Trade Secretary Peter Mandelson resigns for the first time, as does Paymaster-General Geoffrey Robinson, the man who secretly gave him a 373,000 home loan.

October 1999: Jack Cunningham resigns as cabinet "enforcer" after constant predictions of his departure.

January 2001: Peter Mandelson resigns again, this time as Northern Ireland Secretary after claims he had helped the Hinduja brothers, Labour donors, in their efforts to get British passports.

Mr Mandelson was later cleared by the Hammond inquiry of "improper" behaviour.

May 2002: Transport Secretary Stephen Byers resigns after months of calls for him to be sacked.

The pressure began when his special adviser, Jo Moore, sent an email suggesting 11 September was a "good day to bury bad news".

Later, he was accused of misleading MPs over his decision to put Railtrack into administration and over the resignation of his media director, Martin Sixsmith.

Mr Byers denied lying but said he decided to go because he had become a distraction for the government and the Labour Party.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
Estelle Morris
talks to the BBC
The BBC's Vicki Young
"Her decision has left everyone at Westminster speechless"
Shadow Education Secretary Damian Green
"I think it is overdue"

Key stories

Morris quits

Analysis

AUDIO VIDEO

TALKING POINT

FORUM

Talking PointTALKING POINT
Resignation
Was Estelle Morris right to quit?
 VOTE RESULTS
Was Estelle Morris right to resign?

Yes
 58.32% 

No
 41.68% 

16899 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion


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