October 3, 2022

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Alok Sharma offers to resign as business minister to lead climate summit

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(Reuters) – UK Business Minister Alok Sharma offered to resign from his ministerial position in order to take on a full-time role preparing for the country’s chairmanship of United Nations COP26 climate change summit, The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/let-me-quit-the-government-to-lead-climate-talks-says-alok-sharma-z7hvnqgqd reported on Saturday.



Alok Sharma wearing a suit and tie: Britain's Business Secretary Alok Sharma attends a virtual news conference on COVID-19 at 10 Downing Street, in London


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Britain’s Business Secretary Alok Sharma attends a virtual news conference on COVID-19 at 10 Downing Street, in London

Alok Sharma, who is also president of this year’s climate summit, has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he would rather give up his position as business minister than step down from his role in climate change envoy, the newspaper reported.

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In December, Johnson’s office denied a report that he wanted his predecessor David Cameron to take over from Sharma as president of next year’s UN COP26 climate change summit.

(Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru: Editing by Neil Fullick)