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Exclusive: No. 10 policy chief quits over Boris’s Jimmy Savile slur

Munira Mirza's departure will be painful for the Prime Minister

In happier times: Munira Mirza and Boris Johnson (Getty images)

Munira Mirza, the Downing Street head of policy, has resigned over Boris Johnson’s Jimmy Savile attack on Keir Starmer. Mirza, who has worked with Johnson for 14 years and who he named as one of the five women who have most inspired him, quit this afternoon.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mirza writes: 

‘I believe it was wrong for you to imply this week that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice.

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