British minister Gavin Williamson has resigned from his post after the terror allegations
British Cabinet Minister Gavin Williamson resigned on Tuesday following the latest terror allegations, saying the allegations against him were “a distraction from the good work this government is doing”.
“As you know, there is an ongoing complaints process regarding text messages I sent to a colleague,” Williamson said in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
“I am following this process and have apologized to the recipient for those messages. Since then there have been other allegations of my past conduct. I reject the characterization of these allegations but recognize that they are a distraction from the good work this government is doing for the British people,” he added in the letter.
“Therefore, I have decided to step down from government so that I can fully follow the complaints process that is underway and clear my name of any wrongdoing,” Williamson said.
Sunak accepted his resignation “with great sadness”, PA news agency reports. “I would like to thank you for your personal support and loyalty,” Sunak said.
Williamson’s current tenure in government was short-lived for 14 days. Considered a close ally of Sunak, Williamson had faced growing calls to step down following the terror allegations.
Former deputy leader Anne Milton described Williamson’s behavior five years ago when he was chief whip as “threatening” and “intimidating” in an interview with Channel 4 news published on Tuesday.
Milton, who worked alongside Williamson in the whip’s office, which enforces party discipline, also described his behavior as “immoral and immoral”.
“I get the impression that he likes backbiting and will use it as leverage against MPs if need be,” Milton told the host.
Williamson has yet to publicly respond to Milton’s claims. CNN has reached out to the lawmaker for comment.
He was a deputy of the Conservative Party previously fired In 2019, then Prime Minister Theresa May sacked as Defense Secretary over the leak of a key decision involving the Chinese telecoms giant.
May’s decision followed an inquiry into how the Daily Telegraph newspaper discovered that the UK government was planning to give Huawei access to parts of the country’s 5G mobile network. Williamson at the time “vehemently” denied he was the source of the leak in a post on his Twitter account.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson later appointed him Secretary of State for Education. exam evaluation algorithm During the Covid-19 pandemic, because testing cannot be done. The grading system was scrapped after widespread outrage from parents, students and educators.
Williamson also rocked, appearing to fumble two major black British sports starstelling an interviewer that he had spoken to Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who was campaigning for free school meals for needy children during the pandemic, when in fact he had met rugby player Maro Itoje.
Johnson removed him from office in 2021 during a cabinet reshuffle.
Williamson is also a former chief whip and served as a minister without portfolio in Sunak’s government before he resigned on Tuesday.
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