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Work & pensions secretary resigns from the cabinet

Andrew Smith resigned as the Government&#39s Work and Pensions Secretary last night amid rumours he was at odds with the upcoming welfare reforms.

The welfare reforms involve changes to the rules on invalidity benefit claimed by nearly three million people in the UK.

The resignation pre-empts a reshuffle where it is expected Alan Milburn will return to the cabinet after he left eighteen months ago.

Smith says he has chosen to leave to devote more time to his Oxford seat and his family.

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