Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Europe

Boris Johnson beefs up Downing Street in wake of Partygate saga

LONDON — Boris Johnson moved to beef up his office at the expense of the U.K.’s Cabinet Office in the wake of a damaging row over lockdown-busting parties.

Johnson promised a shake-up of the Whitehall machine amid the so-called Partygate saga, which saw his administration heavily-criticized for a series of coronavirus rule-breaching gatherings in government departments.

In a reorganization notified to government staff in an email first reported on by the Times, No.10 will take on the Joint Intelligence Organization, a British intelligence agency; and the National Security Secretariat, which in recent months has played a key role in the U.K.’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

No.10 will also get a hold of the Government in Parliament Group, tasked with the delivery of the government’s legislative program; and the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, which helps coordinate domestic policy across government.

The government said the changes would see teams in No. 10 and the Cabinet Office more clearly split in two distinct groups, headed up by top officials Samantha Jones and Alex Chisholm respectively.

“As we set out earlier in the year, steps are being taken to further strengthen the operation of both No. 10 and the Cabinet Office so they are best placed to deliver for the public now and in the future,” a government spokesperson said. “Work to deliver these plans is ongoing.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Energy

Press play to listen to this article WASHINGTON — The imprisonment of a prominent Vietnamese environmental activist has forced U.S. and EU climate negotiators...

Europe

ELMAU, Germany — The world’s wealthiest democracies on Sunday announced a $600 billion global infrastructure initiative to counter China’s push to exert political and...

Europe

LONDON —  Attempting to settle the conflict in Ukraine now would only cause “enduring instability,” Boris Johnson warned Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. Speaking at...

Europe

FRANKFURT — Central banks around the world must act decisively to rein in inflation and avoid the global economy getting slammed by high prices...

Foreign Policy

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid lashed out at EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell over a visit to Tehran aimed at reviving negotiations over...

Europe

The death toll during a migrant incursion into the Spanish enclave of Melilla has risen to 23, Moroccan authorities said. About 2,000 people tried...

Europe

ELMAU, Germany — The G7 economic powers will ban imports of Russian gold in a further tightening of the stranglehold Western nations have sought to...

Energy

Press play to listen to this article It’s difficult to cajole developing countries to abandon coal while reopening your own coal-fired power plants. That’s...