May sacks Defence Secretary

Prime Minister Theresa May has asked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to leave the government. It comes after an investigation into the leaking of information about the role of Chinese firm Huawei in building Britain’s 5G network.

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In a statement, Downing Street said: “The Prime Minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the government, having lost the confidence in his ability to serve in the role of Defence Secretary.”

They go on to say that: “The Prime Minister’s decision has been informed by his conduct surrounding an investigation into the circumstances of the unauthorised disclosure of information from a meeting of the National Security Council.

The statement concludes by saying that May “considers the matter closed”.

In her personal letter to Williamson, May says: “I am therefore concerned by the manner in which you have engaged with this investigation.

“It has been conducted fairly, with the full cooperation of other NSC attendees.”

Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary.