British E-Envoy quits

Family reasons cited

Alex Allan - the British Government's E-Envoy - has resigned for family reasons.

He will leave his position in the Cabinet office in early October.

He intends to return to Australia and spend time with his wife, who has been ill for some time.

In a statement Allan said: "I am sorry to be standing down from the post of e-envoy.

"I have found the job hugely stimulating and it has not been an easy decision.

"I am sure my team and my successor will carry the Government's programme forward with vigour, backed by the clear commitment shown at all levels of Government," he said.

It's understood Allen told Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Richard Wilson, earlier this summer that he might wish to leave the post.

The search for a new e-envoy will begin in a fortnight. ®

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