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Resignation of Uk Ambassador to Usa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:38 am on 11th July 2019.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State 10:38 am, 11th July 2019

I hope the House will understand if I hold back today from making any further comment on my right hon. Friend Boris Johnson. I said enough yesterday to make my position entirely clear.

In terms of the confidence we need to have in our officials and their morale, the permanent under-secretary in the Foreign Office, Sir Simon McDonald, had an all-staff meeting yesterday, which included people who were able to come in on phones and by video conference. The mood was palpable. There is deep upset, but a fantastic united defence of Sir Kim Darroch. I think and I hope that the very, very deft manner in which the PUS handled that meeting will have absolutely reassured our diplomats and officials everywhere that they have our full support. My right hon. Friend is absolutely right about the leaking. I really hope that we find who did this, and that their name and the consequences of what they did become very, very clear indeed.