dOminic Raab, the deputy prime minister, suggested that Lord Geidt’s “rather rough whims” by MPs from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday could have played a role in his resignation.
When asked why Lord Geidt had quit, Mr Raab told Sky News: “Well, of course the reasons mentioned went overnight but were very limited. He just said he thought it was the right time to step down. Let me tell you what I know.
“First of all, he was engaged to the Prime Minister in number 10 this week and was discussing a six-month stay, so I think I understood that he was committed to the role.
“I think he was nicked pretty rough by MPs this week. I think we in the media as politicians sometimes underestimate how officials feel about that kind of investigation.
“And thirdly, there was a particular issue, a commercially sensitive issue in the national interest, that he was asked about. I don’t know what aspect of this, I suspect there will be an update to No 10 later, in fact I know there will be.”