The Daily Telegraph

Sacking top civil servant at Treasury ‘regrettabl­e’


Liz Truss has been accused of treating the Civil Service “improperly” and threatenin­g its independen­ce by a former private secretary to five prime ministers.

Lord Butler, who served under Margaret Thatcher, Sir John Major and Sir Tony Blair, said the decision to sack Sir Tom Scholar, the most senior civil servant in the Treasury, on the first day of the new administra­tion was “very unusual and very regrettabl­e”.

“We have a new Sovereign, we have a new Prime Minister and we really need the cement that can hold this system together,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend.

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