British defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed that he was stepping down from his post in a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

In his official resignation letter to Sunak, Wallace praised the progress made by the defence Ministry and urged the government to maintain its support of it.

Wallace said last month he wanted to resign after four years as defence minister and would quit as a lawmaker at the next national election in order to pursue new opportunities.

The British government has named ex-Energy Secretary Grant Shapps as Wallace’s successor, describing the former minister as a rare gem.

Wallace, a former captain in the British army, was appointed defence minister by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2019 and was a key figure in leading the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has been seen by Kyiv as an important ally.


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