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FDA members at this year’s Annual Delegate Conference (ADC) sent a clear message to those who seek to undermine the civil service for their own political agenda: stop attacking civil servants.

10 May 2019

"I hope this letter marks a change of approach from the Prime Minister and that the civil servants she has heaped praise on today can rely on her to defend them in the future," says General Secretary Dave Penman.

15 April 2019
FDA in the news

General Secretary Dave Penman praised Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill's defence of civil servants, and stated that Theresa May should follow suit.

02 April 2019
FDA in the news
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The FDA General Secretary describes an independent civil service as "vital for the health of democracy" in his column for New Statesman's The Staggers blog.

13 February 2019 | By Dave Penman
FDA in the news

The FDA General Secretary rebuffs political attacks on civil servants.

13 February 2019

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman responds to ERG Vice Chairman Mark Francois's attack on civil servants.

23 January 2019 | By Dave Penman

“Mark Francois is clearly incapable of understanding that civil servants can act impartially, regardless of their personal views, because he is incapable of such action himself," says FDA General Secretary Dave Penman.

23 January 2019
Press release

FDA General Secretary Dave Penman describes the decision to set aside the investigation into former First Minister Alex Salmond as "hugely regrettable."

09 January 2019
Press release

Assistant General Secretary Amy Leversidge speaks about Brexit, civil service neutrality and political abuse in this Unions 21 podcast.

15 October 2018
FDA in the news

The FDA has condemned the behaviour of former First Minister Alex Salmond, following his string of personal attacks against Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans.

31 August 2018

Dave Penman, the general secretary of the FDA, which represents the UK’s senior civil servants, accused the former nationalist leader of “nasty, vindictive and deliberate” attacks on the integrity of Leslie Evans, the Scottish government’s permanent.

30 August 2018
FDA in the news

The FDA, PCS and Prospect have released a statement expressing confidence that "the Scottish Government will continue to take seriously and handle sensitively all complaints of harassment".

29 August 2018
FDA in the news

Responding to remarks made in the House of Commons this afternoon by Steve Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman said: “Steve Baker’s comments in Parliament are supposed to represent the considered view of the government...

30 January 2018
Press release

The failure of Britain’s political leadership over Brexit has left civil servants exposed to insults and scapegoating, says FDA General Secretary Dave Penman.

04 January 2018 | By Dave Penman
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