David Davis loses another minister as Philip Hammond struggles with his spads

Written by Dods staff on 27 October 2017 in Diary

Now the Brexit secretary has lost the services of Baroness Anelay.

In recent months, David Davis had already lost a special adviser, permanent secretary and two ministers.

And now yet another minister has joined the exodus from the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Baroness Anelay, who became a minister of state in June of this year, announced she was quitting because of "an uncomfortable injury" that she sustained during a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 2015. She has been replaced by Lord Callanan who has moved across from Department for Transport.

The resignation comes after the Brexit department recently lost ministers David Jones and Lord Bridges. And it comes after top Brexit official Oliver Robbins recently moved to the Cabinet Office.

Davis also lost his top special adviser, the former Daily Mail political editor James Chapman, while the general election campaign was under way.

It means that the Brexit secretary now easily tops the table of cabinet ministers who have been forced to wave goodbye to key colleagues in recent months.

But snapping his heels is Philip Hammond who was recently hit by two special adviser resignations.

During the summer break the chancellor lost Karen Ward, who he had personally recruited to serve as his special economic adviser after a decade at HSBC.

More recently Hammond was hit by the resignation of another senior special adviser, the former Tory MP Jane Ellison - just weeks before the Budget.




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