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Sir Mark Sedwill announces he will stand down from Cabinet role

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill was the country's top civil servant and the most powerful official in Government

Sir Mark Sedwill stands down from Cabinet role 
Sir Mark Sedwill stands down from Cabinet role 

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Sir Mark Sedwill has announced he will stand down from his role as Cabinet Secretary, National Security Adviser and head of the Civil Service in September.

The Sunday Telegraph first reported Sir Mark's expected departure under Boris Johnson’s plans for a Whitehall revolution.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户His departure signals that a long-planned shake-up of the Civil Service by Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s chief aide, is gathering pace.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Sir Mark has accepted a new role to lead a new G7 panel on Global Economic Security as the UK assumes the presidency and he has also been granted a life-peerage. 

In his letter to the Prime Minister, Sir Mark said he was “fortunate to have served in some of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in national and international public service under seven prime ministers and in extraordinary times”.

He added: “I am grateful for your confidence and friendship as both Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister. I wish you well and, of course, remain at your disposal in the years ahead. It has been a privilege to serve.”

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Mr Johnson thanked Sir Mark for his public service calling it a “massive contribution”, “but as PM I have particularly appreciated your calm and shrewd advice”, he added.

The Prime Minister added: “You have also spoken with a unique authority - unusual in a Cabinet Secretary - on international affairs and national security; and as National Security Adviser you have done much to keep this country safe. 

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户“It is therefore great news that you have agreed to continue to serve this country on the international stage, beginning with the UK’s preparations for the G7 summit next year.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户“You have done it all in Whitehall: from Afghanistan to the modernisation of the civil service; from immigration policy to Brexit and defeating coronavirus. After serving for decades with great distinction - and unflappable good humour - I believe you have earned the gratitude of the nation.”

Who is Sir Mark Sedwill?

Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill was the country's top civil servant and the most powerful official in Government.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The 54-year-old former diplomat was appointed to the role in 2018 when he was already the national security adviser.

Critics, including former chancellor George Osborne, questioned the sustainability of the grammar school and Oxford-educated civil servant handling the two roles.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户On Sunday June 28 2020 Sir Mark announced he will stand down from his role as Cabinet Secretary, National Security Adviser and head of the Civil Service in September.

Dubbed the ultimate "securocrat", Sir Mark became the civil service's highest-ranking official after running the Home Office between 2013 and 2017.

He was a trusted lieutenant of Theresa May when she was PM and sat in her dwindling trusted inner circle after working with her for years at the Home Office.

As Permanent Secretary, Sir Mark oversaw the establishment of the troubled inquiry into the department's handling of allegations about paedophile activity between the 1970s and 1990s.

Sir Mark Sedwill stands down  Credit: Eddie Mulholland 

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户He was also forced to tackle fall-out from the termination of a contract to provide the controversial eBorders programme, when a tribunal ruled the Government should pay out more than £220 million to a US defence firm.

In 2018, he played a role in the response to the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury.

Known as a keen golfer, windsurfer and scuba-diver, Sir Mark has also been at the centre of Brexit preparations in Whitehall.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户In April 2019, the Daily Mail claimed to have gained a copy of a 14-page letter the Cabinet Secretary sent to ministers warning them of the consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

He rose to the defence of the Prime Minister's Europe adviser Olly Robbins following criticism from Eurosceptics he was thwarting the Brexit process.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Also last year, current Education Secretary Gavin Williamson accused Mrs May and Sir Mark of badly mishandling the investigation into the leak of information from a top-secret meeting of the National Security Council and called for a probe into it.

Mr Williamson was sacked from his role of defence secretary over his alleged involvement in the leak of information about Chinese tech giant Huawei.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Sir Mark was said to be furious at the leak and his investigation was reportedly uncompromising in its dealing with Cabinet ministers and aides, hauling them in for interviews, issuing questionnaires and demanding they hand over mobile phones.

Mr Williamson and his allies claimed his eventual toppling was part of a vendetta pursued against him by Sir Mark.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The pair were reported to have had a series of clashes during Mr Williamson's time at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In an interview with the Civil Service Quarterly in February 2019, Sir Mark admitted he had an "unusual" background for a Cabinet Secretary having spent much of his career overseas.

He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989, serving in Egypt, Iraq, Cyprus and Pakistan before becoming ambassador to Afghanistan in 2009.

He later worked as the Nato Senior Civilian Representative in the conflict-hit country before becoming FCO political director in 2012.

Sir Mark studied at St Andrews and Oxford universities and is married with one daughter.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户He was knighted in the 2017 New Year honours list for services to national security.

Reaction to Sir Mark's departure 

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Helen Hayes, shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, praised the work of outgoing Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark but questioned the timing of the Prime Minister's "reshuffling". The Labour MP said: "We pay tribute to the work Mark Sedwill has done.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户"He has been a dedicated public servant and has run the civil service in difficult times.

"On the day it was revealed millions of jobs across the country could be under threat in the coming months, it is very concerning that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are preoccupied with reshuffling Whitehall."

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The FDA, the body which represents civil servants, said the Government would be "weaker as a result" of Sir Mark's departure.

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Dave Penman, FDA General secretary, said: "Sir Mark Sedwill has been one of the outstanding public servants of his generation, serving the country's interests at home and abroad as a diplomat, weapons inspector, permanent secretary and ultimately Cabinet Secretary.

"Whatever emerges as fact from the series of briefings that have sought to undermine Sir Mark's position, this Government will emerge weaker as a result."

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The FDA accused "No 10 - or those around it" of seeking to "undermine Sir Mark and the leadership of the civil service, with a series of anonymous briefings against him over many months".

Mr Penman added: "Not only is it a self-defeating and corrosive tactic, it's also a cowardly one, safe in the knowledge that those who are briefed against are unable to publicly respond."

2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Mark Pritchard MP tweeted that Mr Johnson was "right to recognise huge public service contribution of Sir Mark Sedwill".

"However PM also right to separate the role of Cabinet Secretary & National Security Adviser. Both roles demand full time attention. Also 'opening up' key civil service appointments a welcome modernisation," he said.