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UK’s Top Senior Civil Servant Steps Down As Boris Johnson Adviser Seeks Change

UK's Top Senior Civil Servant Steps Down As Boris Johnson Adviser Seeks Change

Mark Sedwill was appointed cupboard secretary and nationwide safety adviser by Theresa May


Britain’s most senior civil servant stepped down on Sunday after reviews of clashes with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s high political adviser, half of what’s anticipated to be a wider shake up of officers on the coronary heart of energy.

Johnson’s senior political adviser, Dominic Cummings, has lengthy been important of the civil service, saying authorities is just not nimble sufficient to ship change. Some newspapers reported he warned aides final week {that a} “hard rain is going to fall”.

Mark Sedwill, a profession diplomat, was appointed cupboard secretary and nationwide safety adviser by Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. In a letter to Johnson launched on Sunday, he wrote that, having stayed on for “the acute phase of the Covid-19 crisis,” he was now leaving as “the government’s focus is now shifting to domestic and global recovery and renewal”.

Johnson’s workplace launched a letter by which he thanked Sedwill for his “outstanding service”, and requested him to guide a brand new G7 panel on world financial safety as Britain assumes the presidency of the wealthy nations’ group.

David Frost, Britain’s chief negotiator with the European Union, will change Sedwill as nationwide safety adviser and that there can be a contest to nominate a brand new cupboard secretary and head of the civil service.

Johnson’s workforce has been criticised over its response to the coronavirus disaster, blamed by opposition events and a few scientists for being too sluggish to deal with the pandemic. Britain now has one of many world’s highest loss of life tolls from the disaster.

Sedwill additionally bore the brunt of criticism from Brexit supporters throughout Britain’s earlier negotiations with the EU, with some Conservatives accusing him of not doing sufficient to arrange for a so-called no deal departure.

Earlier on Sunday, inside minister Priti Patel hinted that there may very well be adjustments.

“This is the people’s government, delivering on the people’s priorities, and effectively any reforming government will be based around the type of delivery that our prime minister wants to drive for our great country and obviously have the right kind of support around him to deliver that,” she informed Sky News.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Peter Graff)

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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