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Hutton resigns, Ainsworth replaces him...

(B2) Caught in the turmoil that affected the Browne government, the British Minister of Defense, John Hutton, announced his resignation, for reasons that he did not want to explain other than being personal.  "This is not the place to go into my reasons for leaving. But I can say that it has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to take". And to add in the direction of the forces “I was delighted to be appointed Secretary of State for Defense last October. I have always had the deepest admiration for our Armed Forces, and everything they do.” But he does not intend to argue with the Prime Minister. He will also leave his position in the House of Commons. He should be replaced by the Minister of the Armed Forces, Bob Ainsworth.

Ainsworth has been an active trade unionist at Panhard before becoming Councilor of the City of Coventry

(1984 – 1992). Elected to Parliament in 1992, he was named “Whip” in 1995. He moved to government after Mandelson's resignation, first as Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and Regions (2001), then at the Ministry of the Interior in charge of drugs and organized crime (2001-2003). He returned to a ministerial post in June 2007, with John Hutton, as Minister of the Armed Forces. He was not spared from the expenses scandal currently raging across the Channel and torpedoing the Brown government. According to Daily Mail, he would have spent a few thousand pounds for his second home.


(photo: UK ministry of defence)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).