Posted on May 1, 2019
A statement said Theresa May’s decision was “informed by his conduct”, following an inquiry into the leak. She had “lost confidence in his ability to serve” in his role”, No 10 said. The inquiry followed reports that ministers had raised concerns over a plan to allow Huawei limited access to help build the UK’s new 5G network.
Mr Williamson has been defence secretary – his first cabinet role – since 2017 in the wake of Sir Michael Fallon’s sudden resignation. The inquiry into the National Security Council leak began after a Daily Telegraph report on warnings within cabinet about possible risks to national security over a deal with Huawei.