Liz Truss told Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of ‘woke’ civil service roles

Liz Truss told Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of ‘woke’ civil service roles

Liz Truss told Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of ‘woke’ civil service roles in attack on Whitehall ‘groupthink’, leaked paper reveals

  • Truss’s office called for abolition of diversity & inclusion roles in the civil service
  • As trade secretary, she raged at the difficulty of firing underperforming officials
  • Her office in 2020 reportedly signed off the document to Dominic Cummings
  • A source close to Miss Truss told the paper the document represented how she would seek to govern if she beats Rishi Sunak to become Tory leader 

Liz Truss urged Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of ‘woke‘ civil service roles in an attack on Whitehall ‘groupthink’, a leaked document has revealed.

As international trade secretary in 2020, Miss Truss’s office called for the abolition of diversity and inclusion roles in the civil service.

Her office reportedly signed off the document to Mr Cummings, who was then Boris Johnson‘s most senior adviser, criticising the ‘risk-averse’ Whitehall for its liberal ‘groupthink’.

And she lambasted the difficulty of firing poorly-performing officials, according to the Telegraph.

A source close to Miss Truss told the paper the document represented how she would seek to govern if she beats Rishi Sunak to become Tory leader.

Liz Truss (pictured in London July 26) urged Dominic Cummings to scrap hundreds of ‘woke’ civil service roles in an attack on Whitehall ‘groupthink’, a leaked document has revealed

Her office reportedly signed off the document to Mr Cummings (pictured), who was then Boris Johnson's most senior adviser, criticising the 'risk-averse' Whitehall for its liberal 'groupthink'

Her office reportedly signed off the document to Mr Cummings (pictured), who was then Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser, criticising the ‘risk-averse’ Whitehall for its liberal ‘groupthink’ 

‘As prime minister, Liz will not be captured by the Whitehall and Treasury orthodoxy,’ the source said.

‘She’ll push ahead with tough reforms and get things through the labyrinthine Whitehall system. 

‘She’s absolutely the person who will get things done and challenge Civil Service groupthink.’

The document, written in 2020, called for a greater politicisation of the civil service.

It said: ‘The upper ranks of the civil service… lack political understanding and a tendency towards liberal groupthink results in significant delays in delivering ministerial priorities.’

And it called for an ‘increased number of political appointees in ministerial offices’ and a ‘greater role for the Secretary of State in appointing SCS [senior civil service] roles’, as well as the ‘abolition or reduction’ in the size of diversity and inclusion teams, strategic communications, marketing and HR.

Conservative Party Leadership Candidate Liz Truss leaves Ealing TV Studios in west London after attending a TV debate, July 26

Conservative Party Leadership Candidate Liz Truss leaves Ealing TV Studios in west London after attending a TV debate, July 26

On diversity and inclusion, it said: ‘This team should be scrapped. We have four people in this team for a comparatively small department.’

The document also called for a review into HR practices such as ‘putting people on warnings and actually firing’.

‘Ultimately, poor-performing personnel are a major blockage to effective and timely decision-making. 

‘The department will move people rather than deal with persistently poor performance,’ it said.

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