British Home Secretary David Blunkett has succumbed to pressure and resigned, it was confirmed tonight.
Mr Blunkett had been under mounting pressure over claims that he helped his ex-lover Kimberly Quinn's Filipina nanny Leoncia Casalme get leave to stay in the UK and get visas for foreign trips.
He has consistently denied any wrong-doing but fell on his sword today.
Earlier his career had hung in the balance. Earlier Downing Street was left defending Mr Blunkett again after a fresh series of allegations and incidents.
But support appeared to be ebbing away among Cabinet colleagues and Labour MPs.
One report said six Cabinet ministers were prepared to question his future and a copy of the biography of him containing scathing attacks on colleagues was hurled across the Commons chamber.
Earlier British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman insisted the premier maintained full confidence in Mr Blunkett.
His comments came after Labour back bencher Bob Marshall-Andrews said Mr Blunkett had become “quite seriously unbalanced”.