UK’s Ambassador to the USA - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Davies of Stamford Lord Davies of Stamford Labour 6:45 pm, 8th July 2019

My Lords, I think that everybody will be very pleased to hear the robust statement of confidence in our ambassador in Washington that the noble Lord has just delivered. Does he agree that there would be no point at all in having ambassadors or a Diplomatic Service abroad if they were not allowed to communicate back to the Government frankly and fully the reality of countries as they see it? Will he perhaps go a little further and give an assurance to everybody in the Diplomatic Service that no one’s career will be damaged by virtue of a leak that is no doubt made with personal or political motives, such as occurred in the last few days in relation to our embassy in Washington?