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Jeremy Fleming has been appointed as the new director of electronic intelligence agency GCHQ after the early resignation of his predecessor Robert Hannigan in January.

Mr Fleming (pictured) has been the deputy general of MI5 since 2013, and he will take on the new role from around Easter.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

Jeremy Fleming is a dedicated public servant whose work over two decades in the intelligence services has helped to keep our country safe. I know that he will continue the excellent work of Robert Hannigan in leading this outstanding organisation, when the skill and ingenuity of the UK intelligence community are critical to defending Britain from cyber attacks, terror plots and other activities that threaten us and our allies.

Mr Fleming said it was a “great privilege” to take on the role, adding:

From managing cyber risks posed by nation states to preventing terror attacks, keeping our children safe online and supporting our Armed Forces, the exceptional men and women of GCHQ operate on the new frontline of global challenges.

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