Cameron blocks permanent secretary appointment to DECC

DECC faces further months of uncertainty after the prime minister vetoed its preferred candidate for permanent secretary

Prime minister David Cameron has intervened to block the appointment of David Kennedy, chief executive of the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change, as permanent secretary to energy and climate secretary Ed Davey.

The highly unusual move was revealed in the Financial Times on 30 November. It came at the end of a long selection process in which Kennedy was understood to have been approved as the best qualified candidate in October. The panel is believed to have included Lord Nicholas Stern and head of the Civil Service Sir Robert Kerslake. Davey had also approved the appointment himself.

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