Tony Blair has appointed Sir Gus O’Donnell as cabinet secretary – the head of the civil service.
The newly knighted O’Donnell, 52, is currently permanent secretary at the Treasury, and will take on the role in the summer.
He was selected from a shortlist of prospective senior mandarins, and Downing Street said the decision was made ‘purely on the merits of the individual’.
However, analysts said his appointment would help maintain good relations between No.10 and the Treasury.
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