Oliver Letwin to head up civil service Brexit unit

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Oliver Letwin to head up civil service Brexit unit
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:23:30 PM »


https://www.ukcolumn.org/ukcolumn-news/uk-column-news-30th-june-2016




Yes, ukcolumn has been exposing Letwin as a mastermind behind government for ages.
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Are we being stitched up?

Do we want this man advising the Cabinet with Oliver Letwin and Sir Jeremy Heywood? (email to follow on Sir Jeremy Heywood)

Personally Oliver Robbins worries me, is he an apparatchik, I don't know?

Will he uphold our Church of England Constitution, from which our tolerance stems?

 

His Colfe School founder built alms-houses for those who could recite ‘The Creed’ which is Roman Catholic, but in fairness a CofE Reverend W. Hook Longsdon of Parish Church of St Mary’s Lewisham, was also employed as a master at the school.

 

Another Oxford Graduate I note – Wiki: Oliver Robbins, CB Robbins was born 20 April 1975.[1] He was educated at Colfe's School, an independent school in Lee, London.[2] He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Hertford College, Oxford.[1] He graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts(BA) degree in 1996.[2]a senior British Civil Servant who served as the UK's Deputy National Security Advisor at the Cabinet Office.[1]In June 2016, he was appointed the head of the EU Unit, which will oversee Britain's exit from the European Union.[3]

In the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, Robbins was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) "for public service".[4]

 

Theresa May knows Oliver Robbins and stepped in to save him from Home Affairs Committee. (email to follow)

 

https://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/oliver-robbins-announced-head-cabinet-office-brexit-unit

Oliver Robbins announced as head of Cabinet Office Brexit unit



Written by Suzannah Brecknell on 29 June 2016 in News






Robbins, described as one of the "stars of Whitehall", will work closely with Oliver Letwin to prepare Brexit advice for next prime minister

image of Oliver Robbins, Director General, Civil Service Reform

Oliver Robbins, currently the second permanent secretary at the Home Office, will be heading up the new Brexit unit in the Cabinet Office.

Robbins will move to the new unit – charged with examining options on Britian’s future relationship with the EU – on 4 July. He will also have responsibility for the European and Global Issues Secretariat, previously led by incoming Treasury perm sec Tom Scholar.

The unit, made up of civil servants from the Cabinet Office, Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will report to Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin.


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Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood said: “I am delighted to announce that Olly Robbins has agreed to take on this crucial role. He has a wealth of government, international and negotiating experience that makes him ideally suited to this very challenging role.

“I have every confidence that he will offer the very best advice and support to the government through these unprecedented times to ensure we secure the best possible deal for the UK.

Simon Case, the prime minister’s principal private secretary, tweeted shortly after the announcement: “Delighted to be working very closely with @OllyRobbins again. PM promised the best and brightest of @UKCivilService and OR is certainly that”

At the Home Office, Robbins has had responsibility for immigration and free movement policy as well as oversight of the borders, immigration and citizenship system.

On the announcement of his new role, Robbins said: “It has been a privilege to work at the Home Office and guide the work of the border and immigration services. This is vital work and my Home Office colleagues should be very proud of what they do.

"Nonetheless it is a huge responsibility to support the Cabinet in thinking through the issues arising from last week’s referendum outcome, and I look forward to working closely with Oliver Letwin, Sir Jeremy Heywood and other colleagues in the Cabinet Office and around government as we tackle the big issues ahead.”

Robbins joined the civil service as a fast streamer in 1996, working for 10 years in the Treasury before moving to Number 10 as the principal private secretary for Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown.

In July 2010 he was appointed deputy national security adviser, and in 2013 was involved with government’s attempts to intercept files containing documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

In 2014, Robbins was appointed head of civil service reform. At the time of that appointment, a government insider speaking to CSW described Robbins as “one of the superstars of Whitehall, seen as very, very close to [cabinet secretary] Jeremy Heywood".

 

Career

Principal Private Secretary
to the Prime Minister
2006 – 2007

Director, Intelligence Security and Resilience
Cabinet Office
2007 – 2010
Deputy National Security Advisor
Cabinet Office
2010 – 2014
Director General, Civil Service
Cabinet Office
2014 -2015Second Permanent Secretary, Civil Service
Home Office
2015 -

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MPs recall Home Office’s Oliver Robbins to answer questions on border force after he was ejected over ‘unsatisfactory’ answers

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/13/civil-servant-oliver-robbins-thrown-out-commons-committee-ordered-return

Top civil servant kicked out of Parliament committee for 'unsatisfactory' answers to MPs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/12/top-civil-servant-kicked-out-of-parliament-committee-for-unsatis/

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https://www.gov.uk/government/news/permanent-secretary-appointed-to-lead-the-new-eu-unit-in-cabinet-office




Press release

Permanent Secretary appointed to lead the new EU unit in Cabinet Office

From:Cabinet Office, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing StreetFirst published:29 June 2016


Oliver Robbins has been appointed as the head of the new EU Unit in the Cabinet Office.





Oliver will have responsibility for supporting Cabinet in the examination of options for our future relationship outside the EU, with Europe, and the rest of the world as well as responsibility for the wider European and Global Issues Secretariat.

The unit will also draw on the very best talent from across the Civil Service as the Prime Minister set out on Monday.

This is a Permanent Secretary role and follows Tom Scholar’s move to become Permanent Secretary at the Treasury. Oliver will move across from his current role as Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office on 4 July and his current post at the Home Office will be filled in due course.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:


The next Prime Minister and their Cabinet should have all the information they need with which to determine exactly the right approach to take and the right outcome to negotiate Britain leaving the EU.

The new EU unit in Whitehall, led by a new Permanent Secretary Oliver Robbins, will examine all the options and possibilities in a neutral way and set out costs and benefits to enable the right decisions to be made.

The Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, said:


I am delighted to announce that Olly Robbins has agreed to take on this crucial role. He has a wealth of government, international and negotiating experience that makes him ideally suited to this very challenging role.

I have every confidence that he will offer the very best advice and support to the government through these unprecedented times to ensure we secure the best possible deal for the UK.

Oliver Robbins said:


It has been a privilege to work at the Home Office and guide the work of the border and immigration services. This is vital work and my Home Office colleagues should be very proud of what they do.

Nonetheless it is a huge responsibility to support the Cabinet in thinking through the issues arising from last week’s referendum outcome, and I look forward to working closely with Oliver Letwin, Sir Jeremy Heywood and other colleagues in the Cabinet Office and around government as we tackle the big issues ahead.

Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, said:


As the Prime Minister set out on Monday, making a success of the nation’s decision to leave the EU will require the brightest and best from across the Civil Service.

So I can think of no better person to lead this work than Oliver Robbins, who, in the past year as Second Permanent Secretary for borders, immigration and citizenship, has made such a positive impact in the department, and developed considerable expertise in many of the issues central to negotiating British withdrawal and establishing a new position in the world.

I should like to thank Oliver for everything that he has done here at the Home Office and I wish him well in the critical work that lies ahead.

Notes to editors

About Oliver Robbins

Oliver is currently Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office. Oliver has had a long Civil Service career spanning HM Treasury, Downing Street and the main board of an operational agency. From January 2014 to September 2015 he was Director General at the Civil Service, leading on Civil Service reform. Prior to this, he was Deputy National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and the UK’s National Security Council.



 


 
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