Key Boris Johnson aide leaves Downing Street

Gavin Cordon, PA Whitehall Editor
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Lord Udny-Lister – one of Boris Johnson’s closest aides – is leaving his post as the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Gulf, Downing Street has said.

The 71-year-old peer served in City Hall as Mr Johnson’s chief of staff when he was mayor of London.

When Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019, he brought Lord Udny-Lister into No 10 as his chief strategy adviser.

He recently took up the post of Gulf envoy.

In that role, it was reported that Mr Johnson asked him to investigate after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman complained the Premier League was blocking a Saudi takeover bid for Newcastle United.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister is hugely grateful for Lord Lister’s dedicated service over many years.

“He has been an outstanding servant to the country, to the Government and to the Prime Minister when he was mayor of London.”