Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson denies leaking information from the National Security Council following an inquiry into the leak.
An inquiry was called for after discussions between the National Security Council about the UK planning to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK’s network leaked.
A spokesperson from Downing Street reported that Theresa May had “lost confidence in his ability to serve.” May had told Mr Williamson she had been provided with “compelling evidence” that he was responsible for the leak.
“No other credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified,” said May in a letter confirming Mr Williamson’s dismissal.
Responding to the PM in a letter Mr Williamson said: “I appreciate you offering me the option to resign, but to resign would have been to accept that I, my civil servants, my military advisers or my staff were responsible: this was not the case.”
Mr Williamson stated how if a “thorough and formal inquiry” occurred he was confident it would have “vindicated” his position.
“I have been completely and utterly screwed” he claimed. Mr Williamson believes his sacking is due to a vendetta between him and the cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill.
Penny Mordaunt will replace Mr Williamson as Defence Secretary.
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