Knives out again for former Sheffield chief exec

Sir Bob Kerslake
Sir Bob Kerslake
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Former Sheffield chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake has kept his sense of humour – if not his job – after being axed as head of the civil service by David Cameron.

The 59-year-old, who still has a home in Sheffield and is a regular shopper in Sharrow Vale, used some of his new-found free time to have an operation on a slipped disc.

And while he was recovering in hospital in London, Sir Bob tweeted: “Many thanks for kind wishes following back operation. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request. Eventful two weeks!”

Sir Bob lost his job last month, at the same time as the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, as part of a shake-up which introduced major changes at the top of the civil service.

He will continue in a lesser role until he reaches his 60th birthday in February next year, when he plans to retire.

Sir Bob spent over ten years in Sheffield’s top council job, until 2008, later joining the civil service in 2010.

But over the last year he has had to endure a whispering campaign by ministers suggesting he was reluctant to change and to bringing in necessary and long overdue reforms.