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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 seem to recall that that was one of the kinder words that I used yesterday. [Laughter.]

There is one thing that I have omitted to say today, which I hope I can say now in response to the hon. Lady’s comments. Sir Kim Darroch’s career is not over. I hope the House will recognise that although this is a difficult moment, it does not mean that that is the end of his career, and I hope that the Foreign Office and the entire apparatus of government will look after him, appreciate his merits, and ensure that he can be redeployed somewhere else for the benefit of our United Kingdom.

As for the hon. Lady’s somewhat more party political questions, again, I think I would prefer to concentrate on the specific details of the question put by Mr McFadden, and to concentrate on the merits of Sir Kim Darroch rather than the—merits of anyone else.