Security minister Baroness (Pauline) Neville-Jones has stepped down from the government “at her own request”, Downing Street has said.
In a letter to David Cameron, she said it had been a “privilege” to serve; she will take up a new role working with businesses to boost their cyber security.
Alex has just spoken to the Baroness, who does not seem to be departing in anything other than amicable circumstances*. She told him that she had achieved what she wanted in the role and would now prefer to do more “strategic” work elsewhere.
Here is a link to Alex’s FT magazine piece from a while back where he interviewed various former Foreign Office staff about the ministry’s old bar on female workers getting married; her comments are particularly interesting.
* Let’s wait and see if there was more to it