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Darren Grimes told talkRADIO that Theresa May was “well criticised” for putting a long-term ally into the role of cabinet secretary and national security advisor during her time as Prime Minister. Mr Grimes also called for the former leader of the Conservative Party to remain “silent” following the “misery” she put the UK through.
Mr Grimes said: “Theresa May would do well to remember that she was well criticised for putting a long-term ally into both the role of cabinet secretary and national security advisor, as well as the head of the home civil service.
“I think it is a real shame that Theresa May has gone for the embarrassing route of John Major’s time after he left office, which is to criticise the next Government as much as he did over Brexit.
“I think Theresa May has a track record that is absolutely abysmal.
“She is the one that has got us into bed with the Chinese on so many fronts.
“Where was the national security advice then?
“I just think for Theresa May a period of silence would be nice from her given the amount of misery she put this country through.”
Earlier today the former Prime Minister launched into a furious tirade against Michael Gove and the Government over the decision to appoint Brexit negotiator David Frost as the next national security advisor.
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.”
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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Mr Gove replied: “Like my Right Honourable Friend, I too want to pay tribute again to Sir Mark and I appreciate, having served in Cabinet when she was Prime Minister, just how much we all owe to him for his distinguished public service.
“I should also say that we have had previous national security advisors, all of them excellent, not all of them necessarily were steeped in the security world.
“Some of them were distinguished diplomats in their own right.
“David Frost is a distinguished diplomat in his own right and it is entirely appropriate the Prime Minister of the day should choose an advisor appropriate to the needs of the hour.”
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