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UK PM Johnson has chosen top civil servant, Financial Times says

Mon, 31st Aug 2020 14:21

LONDON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson has a chosen a member of his inner circle to oversee a
wide-ranging overhaul as head of the civil service, the
Financial Times reported on Monday.

Mark Sedwill said in June he would step down as Cabinet
Secretary, part of what is expected to be a wider shake up of
officials at the heart of power.

Sedwill will be replaced by Simon Case, 41, who has earned
Johnson's trust during a secondment as Permanent Secretary since
May, the Financial Times reported.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office declined to comment,
saying an official announcement on the post would be made on
Tuesday.

Sedwill, a career diplomat who was appointed cabinet
secretary and national security adviser by Johnson's predecessor
Theresa May, said he would leave government service at the end
of September.

Sedwill had reportedly clashed with Johnson's top political
adviser Dominic Cummings, who has long been critical of the
civil service, saying it is not nimble enough to deliver change.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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