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UK Foreign Secretary sacks senior adviser over remarks on PM Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss ousts senior adviser Baroness Morrissey, a pro-Brexit banker, who told a radio show she would rather Boris Johnson quit over the Partygate scandal . Morrissey resigned as the office’s senior non-executive director after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss made it clear she would fire her.

Morrissey resigned after talks with the department’s permanent secretary, Sir Philip Barton. Sources said the Foreign Secretary believed her comments made the job “untenable”.

The 55-year-old banker was knighted by Mr Johnson two years ago but yesterday told LBC radio the Prime Minister was ‘just in the wrong job’.

Morrissey said: ‘Reluctant MPs when they saw the Prime Minister’s boos outside St Paul’s (at the Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service) they would see he had in fact become a liability rather than an asset.

“I would rather he didn’t (continue as prime minister)… I don’t see any contrition. He said he would bawl it out, that’s not what we want to hear. Tax cuts one minute after we just increased them is not going to help,” she added.

It is believed Miss Truss asked Sir Philip to sack Baroness Morrissey at the meeting, but she tendered her resignation.

A source close to the Foreign Secretary said: ‘Liz has ordered Philip Barton to sack Helena. She thought the comments were outrageous and made her position untenable.

Morrissey ran Newton Investment Management for 15 years and held a senior position at Legal and General, managing assets of nearly £6bn.

Last year, Mr Johnson was called upon to sack her after Morrissey posted a tweet that appeared to deny the extent of the Covid pandemic. She wrote: “Data shows we are NOT in a pandemic. If people dropped dead on the street, we would notice it and we wouldn’t go to M&S and we’d have all those football games.

In an apparent reference to the Chinese Communist Party, she added, “The CCP’s fake videos started this. It’s ridiculous.’

Meanwhile, nine Tory MPs have yet to voice their loyalty after Monday’s vote of no confidence. Rumors of a quick reshuffle to bolster support for the prime minister have so far failed to materialise.

[with inputs from agencies]

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