On 18 March, a second UK minister, junior health minister Lord Hunt of King’s Heath, announced his resignation over Iraq. ‘I have decided to resign from the government because I don’t support the pre-emptive action, which is going to be taken without broad international support or indeed the clear support of the British people,’ he said in a radio interview. Later in the day, home office minister John Denham also quit. The first cabinet minister to threaten resignation, International Development Secretary Clare Short, has decided to stay in her post. Parliament will conduct an emergency debate on military action against Iraq on the afternoon of 18 March.