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Transport secretary Ruth Kelly resigns

Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has resigned from the cabinet and will step down from her post within the next week, Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed today.

Brown verified rumours of Kelly's resignation while being interviewed by the BBC this morning, saying Kelly was resigning to spend more time with her family.

Speaking to reporters later at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Kelly, a mother of four, said it was time to "step back and repay" her family for "the support that they've given me".

The new transport secretary is expected to be unveiled by Brown in a cabinet reshuffle after the Conservative Party conference next week.

Kelly's replacement will be the third transport secretary in a little over two years, following the end of Alistair Darling's four year tenure in May 2006 and Douglas Alexander's brief spell between then and June last year.

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