“I have today, after consultation with my family, and with much sadness decided to resign as the MP for North Shropshire,” he said in a statement.
“I maintain that I am totally innocent of what I have been accused of and I acted at all times in the interests of public health and safety.
“I, my family and those closest to me know the same. I am unable to clear my name under the current system.”
It’s been a palaver, to say the least, so reacting to his resignation, political commentators and MPs pointed out that, by dragging his heels in such an epic manner, he had likely done him and his party more harm than if he had just resigned:
The thing that’s so ridiculous is this would have all been over in 30 days if Paterson and No10 had just sucked it… https://t.co/wY5HpRezDd