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.'