Saturday, 28 June 2008

Another one bites the dust

Celia Edwards, British consul in Algarve, resigned from the Foreign Office, less than one year after replacing Bill Henderson (who retired, on July 31, 2007). Celia Edwards resignation will be effective from July 1. The Foreign Office confirmed already the resignation and referred that the decision was taken for personal reasons. Celia Edwards is the fifth Foreign Office representative to leave the Government, after being in charge of the diplomatic support and contacts with the Media, for the parents of Madeleine McCann, in Portugal.

John Buck, the UK Ambassador in Lisbon, left the Diplomatic Service on September 10, 2007, and was replaced by Alexander Ellis, a former adviser with the office of EU Commission President DurĂ£o Barroso. Sheree Dodd and Clarence Mitchell were the first two Foreign Office representatives sent to Algarve, after Madeleine McCann disappeared. Both left their government jobs: Clarence Mitchell became the McCann spokesman and Sheree Dodd was hired as Press Adviser to Michael Martin, the House of Commons Speaker.