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Health minister resigns over war plans with Iraq

Junior health minister Lord Hunt resigned last week over plans to attack Iraq without a second UN resolution authorising military force.

Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme, Lord Hunt, a former NHS Confederation chief executive, said: 'I don't support this action and it would be hypocritical for me to stay in government.'

Lord Hunt had been a minister for four years. His brief at the Deparment of Health included performance indicators and star ratings; clinical governance, including the Commission for Health Improvement, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

A spokesman for Tony Blair said: 'The Prime Minister believes Lord Hunt was a good minister and regrets he has left government.'

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