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Security services wary of Foreign Secretary

Britain's spies are ‘wary’ of sharing information with Boris Johnson because they do not trust the Foreign Secretary, it was claimed last night.

Officials at the Foreign Office are also unhappy with Mr Johnson’s style and behaviour, according to the political journal New Statesman.

Yesterday the Foreign Secretary was forced to defend his approach to humour, hitting back at suggestions his jokes were damaging Britain’s relationships with other countries.

Officials at the Foreign Office are also unhappy with Mr Johnson’s style and behaviour, according to the political journal New Statesman

Officials at the Foreign Office are also unhappy with Mr Johnson’s style and behaviour, according to the political journal New Statesman

He told MPs: ‘Telling jokes is often a very effective way of getting a diplomatic message across.’ 

It came after Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, warned Mr Johnson that it was ‘really, really hard to do cross-cultural humour’.

Mr Johnson was criticised last month for saying that the Libyan town of Sirte – a former Islamic State stronghold – could be ‘the next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’.

Last night the Left-wing New Statesman revealed a string of diplomats had little confidence in the Foreign Secretary’s style.

Mr Johnson was criticised last month for saying that the Libyan town of Sirte – a former Islamic State stronghold – could be ‘the next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’

Mr Johnson was criticised last month for saying that the Libyan town of Sirte – a former Islamic State stronghold – could be ‘the next Dubai’ once they ‘clear the dead bodies away’

The article said: ‘Even his ministerial team at the Foreign Office is said to be unhappy.

‘The intelligence services are believed to be wary of sharing sensitive information with him, and on occasion relations with his instinctively Europhile civil servants have been strained.’

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