Well that’s it I’ve left the Department – and my last 15 minutes were very difficult for me. I managed half the West Wing before I choked. The magnificent ‘send off’ from the team has knocked me for six. In truth I’m not someone who is easily hit below the emotional belt – but the team managed it and in the end I left the building in a fragile emotional state. Colleagues from the past and the present have been generous beyond compare and have left a mark on me that will stay forever. I shall remain deeply indebted to them all.