An Enfield MP has resigned from his government position.

David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, posted his resignation letter on social media site Twitter, from his position as Parliamentary Private Secretary.

Mr Burrowes has worked for minister for the cabinet office Francis Maude, minister of state for policy Oliver Letwin and Owen Paterson, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs in his time as a PPS.

In his letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr Burrowes said: “The removal of my ruptured appendix and stay in hospital has given me time to reflect upon the priorities for the coming eleven months.

“I now wish to focus my attention in the remaining time of the parliament on what is in the best interests of my constituents, and our party.

“I have concluded that it is the right time to resigned as a PPS and return fully to the back benches.

“It will give me the freedom and the opportunity to work on issues like knife crime where I am leading with Nick de Bois MP an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill for mandatory sentences.”