Pauline Neville-Jones 311.
(photo credit: (Homeoffice.gov.uk))
LONDON – A British cabinet minister who said Israel “had shown the world” how to
deal with terrorism while maintaining democracy and who had alleged links to
Uzbekistan-born Israeli “oligarch” Michael Cherney has resigned from the
According to the government, Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones,
minister of state for security and counter- terrorism, stepped down at her own
request in order to work with private industry.
Speaking in 2008,
following a trip to Israel, she said that Britain could learn from Israel on how
to handle terrorist threats.
A former head of the UK’s joint intelligence
committee, Neville-Jones last year threatened to resign when her appointment to
a key cabinet position was blocked after M15 revealed her links to Cherney and
another Russian “oligarch,” Dimitry Firtash The UK’s domestic
counterintelligence and security agency said in a briefing sent to Prime
Minister David Cameron that she had connections to the two billionaires with
alleged links to organized crime and a Russian mafia leader, the Daily Mail
According to a source quoted by the newspaper, “MI5
sent a summary of the intelligence on Neville-Jones’s financial associations
with the two oligarchs. Based on that submission and on a separate briefing by
his political advisers, Cameron decided not to appoint her.”
Neville-Jones was given the more junior position as minister of state at the
Home Office, in charge of security and counter-terrorism.
was said to have infuriated the former career diplomat, whose career spanned
more than 30 years serving in an array of locations including Washington and
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Prime Minister Cameron last week praised her for helping to ensure
the balance between security and liberty and for drawing up the original plans
for the National Security Council.
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