UK minister Gavin Williamson resigns after terrorism charges | news
Williamson’s departure raises questions about the judgment of new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has promised stability and integrity.
British minister Gavin Williamson has resigned after allegations of bullying raised questions about the judgment of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, just weeks after he was on the job.
Sunak became Britain’s third prime minister in two months in October, pledging to restore integrity and professionalism at the heart of government after months of turmoil under his predecessors. Liz Truss and: Boris Johnson.
However, in his first two weeks in office, Sunak has come under pressure to select ministers, first by reappointing Suella Braverman as interior minister days after she took office. forced to leave for violating ministerial rulesand now with Williamson.
Williamson, who has previously been accused of bullying colleagues, said on Tuesday that he had decided to step down from the government to allow him to “commit fully” to an investigation into his conduct.
Sunak, who has tried to build a stable government by appointing ministers from all wings of the embattled Conservative Party, said he accepted Williamson’s resignation with “great sadness” and was grateful for his personal support and loyalty.
Williamson, 46, has come under increasing pressure after a series of text messages he allegedly sent to Conservative Party colleague and former leader Wendy Morton.
The messages accused Morton of seeking to “punish” MPs out of favor with then Prime Minister Truss by excluding them from Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, warning: “Everything has a price.”
On Monday, The Guardian newspaper reported that Williamson had threatened a senior government official and told them to “cut your throat”.
Williamson was fired as defense secretary in 2019 over national security leaks and again last year when parents criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and schools when he was secretary of education.
The opposition Labor Party said Williamson’s resignation was “a damning reflection of a weak prime minister”.
“This is yet another example of Rishi Sunak’s poor judgment and weak leadership,” Labor deputy leader Angela Rainer said in a statement.
Downing Street and the Conservative Party have launched an investigation into the claims.
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