Sir Michael Fallon's written a letter apologising to the mum of a Tamworth soldier - who was killed by a roadside bomb.
Dudley Election Candidate Resigns Over EDL Plot Allegations
Suspended Conservative Afzal Amin has resigned as the party's general election candidate for Dudley North.
It's after he was accused of attempting a plot with the far-right English Defence League, which would see him take the credit if a planned march was scrapped.
Earlier, he denied any wrongdoing.
Afzal Amin, who was filmed in discussions with former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, initially said he would fight the allegations in the hope of staying on as parliamentary candidate in the Tory target seat of Dudley North.
But party sources said he had resigned as candidate `"with immediate effect'', a day ahead of a planned disciplinary hearing.
The Conservatives will now move "swiftly'' to appoint a new candidate, who must be in place by the time nominations close on April 9, a source said.
A Conservative spokesman said: "Afzal Amin is resigning as Conservative candidate for Dudley North with immediate effect.
"Conservative Chairman Grant Shapps has welcomed Mr Amin's decision and thanked him for his work in the past.''
Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth said: "It's right that Afzal Amin has gone but what on earth took so long? Given the serious allegations involved it was obvious that David Cameron should have expelled him immediately. Instead he dithered until the candidate himself jumped before he was pushed.
"This deeply damaging episode has exposed a Conservative campaign in chaos and a Prime Minister paralysed by indecision.''
A Black Country man's been jailed for life for stabbing his partner. Ronald Cooke attacked Tina Billingham at their home.
The family of 20 year-old Callum Lees, who was stabbed to death at a house party in Solihull, have paid tribute as they appeal for his killer to come forward.
The binmen strike in Birmingham by members of Unite the union has been suspended.
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