Gavin Williamson sacked as Defence Secretary Watch

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Theresa May has put the blame on Gavin Williamson (he denies it) for the alleged NSC leak over Huawei and has sacked him.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics...bour-live-news

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Dear Gavin,
Thank you for your time this evening. We discussed the investigation into the unauthorised disclosure of information from the National Security Council meeting on 23 April.
This is an extremely serious matter, and a deeply disappointing one. It is vital for the operation of good government and for the UK’s national interest in some of the most sensitive and important areas that the members of the NSC – from our Armed Forces, our Security and Intelligence Agencies, and the most senior level of Government – are able to have frank and detailed discussions in full confidence that the advice and analysis provided is not discussed or divulged beyond that trusted environment.
That is why I commissioned the Cabinet Secretary to establish an investigation into the unprecedented leak from the NSC meeting last week, and why I expected everyone connected to it – Ministers and officials alike to comply with it fully. You undertook to do so.
I am therefore concerned by the manner in which you have engaged with this investigation. It has been conducted fairly, with the full co-operation of other NSC attendees. They have all answered questions, engaged properly, provided as much information as possible to assist with the investigation, and encouraged their staff to do the same. Your conduct has not been of the same standard as others.
In our meeting this evening, I put to you the latest information from the investigation, which provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure. No other, credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified.
It is vital that I have full confidence in the members of my Cabinet and of the National Security Council. The gravity of this issue alone, and its ramifications for the operation of the NSC and the UK’s national interest, warrants the serious steps we have taken, and an equally serious response.
It is therefore with great sadness that I have concluded that I can no longer have full confidence in you as Secretary of State for Defence and a Minister in my Cabinet and asked you to leave Her Majesty’s Government.
As you do so, I would like to thank you for the wider contribution you have made to it over the last three years, and for your unquestionable personal commitment to the men and women of our Armed Forces.
Yours Sincerely,
Theresa May
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He's been replaced by Penny Mordaunt.

Strange silence on Williamson's usually big-mouthed Twitter.
https://twitter.com/gavinwilliamson?lang=en
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(Original post by Fullofsurprises)
Theresa May has put the blame on Gavin Williamson (he denies it) for the alleged NSC leak over Huawei and has sacked him.
Not necessarily. She's saying his conduct during the investigation was bad, not that he actually did it.

The implication is there, but you can't quite put 2+2 together here, not on the information we've got so far.
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Not necessarily. She's saying his conduct during the investigation was bad, not that he actually did it.

The implication is there, but you can't quite put 2+2 together here, not on the information we've got so far.
Yes, it's like the strongest possible hint that they think it was him, stopping just short of saying it outright.

Pretty poor stuff though if they are just chucking that mud at him for political opportunism, but totally within the mainstream of the Theresa May approach to politics, sadly.
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He's being very forthright in denying it, but equally the Prime Minister has said there's not really any other credible narrative to work with. I do wonder if we'll ever know who was right here, or if it even matters that much.
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He's being very forthright in denying it, but equally the Prime Minister has said there's not really any other credible narrative to work with. I do wonder if we'll ever know who was right here, or if it even matters that much.
I will lay you odds that it was a SPAD or similar who was not security cleared to be told by Williamson what went on at the NSC meeting who blabbed to the Telegraph. GCHQ know exactly who made the call and Williamson has not given a straight answer to whether he told anyone.
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Sacked for peaking the truth.
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