A PARLIAMENTARY private secretary and MP who worked at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under a Cornwall MP has resigned her position.

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon, was parliamentary private secretary at DEFRA, the department for which Camborne, Redruth and Hayle MP, George Eustice is Secretary of State as well as the Treasury.

Saxby announced her resignation on Twitter today at 1:30pm stating that it had been a privilege to serve as parliamentary private secretary, however, her loyalty to Boris Johnson's government was "no longer compatible" with her values.

In her resignation letter to Boris Johnson, published alongside the tweet, Saxby said: "I have not spoken out sooner as I had not wanted to be a distraction in the recent Tiverton and Honiton by-election and divert attention from our excellent candidate and hard working volunteers.

"Trust, truth and integrity are vital in our work as politicians and public servants, and I had hoped that the reset earlier in the year might have given us a chance for a different direction, however, the events of this week have shown that not to be the case.

"Inaction is indeed action, and my silence is not compatible with my views or position, and it is with great regret that I have decided to resign as PPS.

"I remain loyal, as always, to the Conservative Party and my constituents, and whilst I have endeavoured to retain loyalty to your government, this is no longer compatible with the values I hold dear."

In total, there have been 31 resignations within the past 24 hours, including two cabinet members, 14 ministers, and 12 parliamentary private secretaries.