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Former Tory MP’s posting as UK ambassador to Cuba raises fresh cronyism claims

‘Man in Havana’ role usually taken by experienced diplomats goes to ex-trade minister George Hollingbery

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of fostering a culture of cronyism after the appointment of a former Conservative MP to become the ambassador to Cuba.

George Hollingbery, the former minister and MP until 2019, was announced on Tuesday as the UK’s new “man in Havana”, a post usually taken up by experienced diplomats.

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