UK National Security Adviser resigning – 2 months in?

by | Aug 2, 2010

That’s what the Mail has this morning, at least:

Sir Peter Ricketts, who was givent the newly created role just after Cameron took office, has made the surprise announcement that he is to resign just two months into the job.

Sir Peter has been at the Prime Minister’s side throughout his time in office, both at home and abroad. The reasons for his departure were unclear last night. The 57 year old – who was formerly head of the Foreign and Commonwealth office – had been expected to stay in the post well into next year.

The news has presented a headache for the Prime Minister who has made the post a hallmark of his new approach to dealing with national security concerns, including the war in Afghanistan.

Update: Press Association has this:

“He is not leaving his post early,” a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said. “It was always the understanding that he would do it for a limited period.”

Sir Peter, who was previously permanent undersecretary at the Foreign Office, is expected to depart in the second half of 2011.

There is speculation that he could take over as ambassador in Paris. But officials stressed no decision had been taken over his destination, or on the identity of his successor.


  • Alex Evans

    Alex Evans is founder of the Collective Psychology Project, which explores how we can use psychology to reduce political tribalism and polarisation, a senior fellow at New York University, and author of The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? (Penguin, 2017). He is a former Campaign Director of the 50 million member global citizen’s movement Avaaz, special adviser to two UK Cabinet Ministers, climate expert in the UN Secretary-General’s office, and was Research Director for the Business Commission on Sustainable Development. He was part of Ethiopia’s delegation to the Paris climate summit and has consulted for Oxfam, WWF UK, the UK Cabinet Office and US State Department. Alex lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire.

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