Pictured: Alive and Tweeting...the spy who nearly died in coma mystery
By Jason Lewis - 6 June 2009
Looking tired, his hair thinner and a shade greyer, this is Alex Allan, Britain’s intelligence chief – a year after he was struck by a life-threatening illness which led to fears he was the victim of an assassination plot.
Finally back at work in his secretive Whitehall role assessing the work of MI5 and MI6, the cause of the spymaster’s near-fatal collapse remains a mystery.
4. The extraordinary events surrounding the resignation of Sir Philip Mawer and the unannounced appointment of his successor require explanation. Paul Flynn wrote a letter to Sir Philip and was surprised to receive a reply from Sir Alex Allen. It may be unprecedented for a change of role to take place with such extraordinary secrecy and subterfuge. It's a reasonable conclusion that the Government intention was to conceal the resignation and the new appointment to avoid unfavourable publicity. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/c mpubadm/1761/176109.htm
Cameron will not allow ministerial code adviser to investigate Jeremy Hunt
PM's spokesman says culture secretary will not face additional inquiry following Leveson revelations about special adviser
David Cameron will not allow his adviser on the ministerial code, Sir Alex Allan, to investigate whether Jeremy Hunt broke it, the prime minister's spokesman said for the second day in succession.
It has emerged that the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, contacted Lord Justice Leveson on Tuesday afternoon, before Leveson advised that no other inquiries be held into the Hunt affair.
Heywood's contact came hours after Leveson's inquiry into media ethics published emails that suggested Hunt's special adviser had been providing inside information to News Corp executives.
The Cabinet Office insisted Heywood had not been lobbying Leveson to make his statement opposing other inquiries.
The prime minister's spokesman insisted that Cameron believed Hunt had acted properly and the matter should be left to the Leveson inquiry.
It is not known if Allan, the newly appointed adviser on the ministerial code, is pressing the cabinet secretary to mount an investigation to see if there have been any breaches of the ministerial code.