Theresa May has sacked Gavin Williamson as Defence Secretary after discovering he was the source of a highly controversial leak about Chinese mobile phone giant Huawei.
The Prime Minister made the announcement this afternoon following a high-profile probe into revelations released from a top secret National Security Council meeting.
A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the Government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of Defence Secretary and as a member of her Cabinet.
‘The Prime Minister’s decision has been informed by his conduct surrounding an investigation into the circumstances of the unauthorised disclosure of information from a meeting of the National Security Council.
‘The Prime Minister thanks all members of the National Security Council for their full cooperation and candour during the investigation and considers the matter closed.’
The leak of the Prime Minister’s controversial decision over contracts for the 5G network – made at a top-secret meeting of the NSC last week and leaked to the Daily Telegraph – sparked a full-scale inquiry and political row.
The leak claimed Theresa May had given the green light to the involvement of Huawei in ‘non core’ elements of the UK network.
Credit: Daily Mail