The Director of Public Prosecutions is to leave her job when her contract runs out this autumn.
Alison Saunders, who has been the head of the Crown Prosecution Service since 2013, was said by one source to be stepping down after the Government did not renew her contract.
However, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s office said the DPP herself had not asked ask for her five-year contract to be extended when it ends in October.
Alison Saunders became head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2013
Over her tenure Mrs Saunders has attracted increasing controversy over a series of failed rape prosecutions.
‘It was felt a clean break was needed,’ a Whitehall source told the Daily Telegraph. ‘Alison’s tenure has been highly contentious, to say the least, and we want someone who can come into this job with a clear agenda. It was made clear that her contract would not be extended.’ A senior lawyer told the paper: ‘It has been a disastrous tenure, it has reduced the credibility of the role after (predecessor) Keir Starmer.’
But an ally of Mrs Saunders commended her for doing well within a limited budget and said she has done a ‘pretty reasonable job’.
She has attracted controversy over a series of failed rape prosecutions
Mrs Saunders, who earned £250,000 as DPP in 2017, started her career at the CPS in 1986.
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