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The “to-do” list for an unlikely defence secretary

Once the controversy over the manner of his appointment dies down, Gavin Williamson will have to press ahead with his brief. What challenges will confront him at the MoD?

By John Louth  

New Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson with military personnel selling poppies. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Gavin Williamson, the new Secretary of State for Defence, has his hands full—which is not a sentence you’d want to utter about his predecessor. The latter fell on his sword last week after it became clear that Andrea Leadsom might walk out on the government if he stayed, reporting to the prime minister a number of sexist remarks made to her, or within her hearing, by Fallon.

Ignoring the claims of junior ministers…

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