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Second Conservative Lord resigns

AFP-JIJI

House of Lords member Jonathan Marland on Tuesday became the second British minister to resign this week amid reports of an upper house rift within the coalition government.

According to a Downing Street statement, former Conservative Party Treasurer Lord Marland was stepping down as a trade minister “in order to focus on his role in trade promotion.”

The announcement came the day after Thomas Galbraith, known as Lord Strathclyde, quit as leader of the House of Lords in order to make a return to the private sector.

Marland, 56, will keep his role as Prime Minister David Cameron’s Trade Envoy, according to the Daily Telegraph.