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Considers stepping down as UK Defense Secretary

Considers stepping down as UK Defense Secretary

According to media reports, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is considering stepping down from his post in the autumn and retiring from politics altogether. The Times newspaper reported on Saturday that the 53-year-old was considering leaving the government as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Wallace has been Secretary of Defense since 2019.

British news agency PA reported that Wallace had not yet made a decision. According to the Times, Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to reshuffle his top team ahead of the election. His party is now far behind Labor. The next general election is scheduled to be held in 2024.

Wallace took up the post of Defense Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson four years ago. He retained a ministerial position in both the Liz Truss government and Sunak’s current cabinet.

As the UK’s defense minister, he helps coordinate how Ukraine helps defend itself against Russia. He also had ambitions for the post of NATO Secretary General. However, he has given up hope of succeeding Jens Stoltenberg. “It’s not going to happen,” the Economist quoted him as saying in June.