Hain: 'I made innocent mistake'

Peter Hain today resigned as British Work and Pensions Secretary, saying he had “no alternative” after the Electoral Commission referred a probe into his deputy leadership campaign to the police.

He wrote to Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “In view of the Electoral Commission decision today I have come to the conclusion that I now have no alternative but to resign as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Wales.”

Speaking outside the Department for Work and Pensions, Mr Hain told reporters: "I severely and seriously regret the mistake in declaring the donations late."

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