Theresa May challenged the decision to appoint Brexit negotiator David Frost as national security advisor despite him lacking the "expertise" requi
Theresa May challenged the decision to appoint Brexit negotiator David Frost as national security advisor despite him lacking the “expertise” required. The Government announced the appointment on Sunday after confirming the incumbent Sir Mark Sedwill will step down in August. The former Prime Minister challenged Michael Gove over the decision as Mr Gove delivered an update on Sir Mark’s departure.
Mrs May, who counted Sir Mark as one of her closest advisers during her tenure, began by paying tribute to his work before launching into a tirade against Mr Gove and the Government.
She said: “May I first of all pay tribute to Sir Mark Sedwill and thank him for his extraordinary public service over many years.
“I served on the National Security Council for nine years, six years as Home Secretary and three as Prime Minister.
“During that time, I listened to the expert independent advice from national security advisors.”
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Mrs May continued: “On Saturday, my Right Honourable Friend said, ‘we must be able to promote those with proven expertise.’
“Why then is the new national security advisor a political appointee with no proven expertise in national security?”
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