is the state-school taught, tarantula loving, ‘baby faced assassin’ who ran the Department of between 2019 and 2021. He was sacked by in September 2021 and replaced by .
A backer of Rishi Sunak, Sir Gavin returned briefly to the cabinet as minister of state at the cabinet office in October 2022. However following a string of media reports about his past conduct, Sir Gavin resigned just two weeks into the role. He refuted the claims but resigned saying they were becoming a ‘distraction’ for the govenrment.
Before becoming Secretary of State for in 2019, was already a prominent politician and a well-known figure inside the parliamentary .
A former Government , Williamson managed ‘s successful campaign to become Conservative leader in 2016, and then undertook the same role for in 2019. Williamson was knighted in 2022.
Gavin Williamson had a bumpy ride as Education Secretary.
Secretary of State for
initially appeared to suit his role as ; he went to a comprehensive school, is married to a former teacher and has previously been a school governor and County Councillor. Appointed to this post by in 2019, Williamson made a return to the Cabinet having previously served as Secretary of State for Defence.
As during the 2020-2021 Coronavirus epidemic, Williamson faced the challenge of keeping schools open and managing the process for students who had not been in school.
Having announced in March 2020 that schools would be closed across England until further notice, he also announced exams for that academic year would not go ahead. Instead, Williamson detailed how an Ofqual algorithm would modulate teacher assessed grades. Williamson repeatedly defended the algorithm arguing it was the only way to stop grade inflation.
However, after GCSE and A-Level results were announced, came under significant pressure to announce that unmodified teacher assessed grades would be accepted. After some delay, Williamson committed to this U-turn announcing that he was ‘incredibly sorry’ for the distress caused to .
In late 2021, was criticised for apparently confusing the Manchester United footballer, , with the England Rugby player, .
In 2016, Williamson, a ‘Remainer’ on the issue of Brexit, was quick to back for the Conservative leadership, passing over . In fact, according to journalist George Eaton, Williamson ‘privately vowed to do all he could to stop entering No 10′.
Williamson ran May’s successful campaign, with one former senior civil servant under May noting: ‘[Williamson] just knows everybody, what makes them all tick, all the gossip’.
In 2016, there were rumours that Williamson had requested photos of the ballots from some backing MPs to ensure they did actually vote for her. Williamson denies this. During the 2019 Tory leadership contest, MPs were told to hand in their phones pre voting, as a precaution to formally prevent anyone photographing a ballot paper.
At the start of the 2019 Conservative Leadership campaign, Williamson offered his services to . He is widely credited with delivering significant number of MPs to the Johnson campaign. Johnson won the 2019 contest and Williamson returned to the Cabinet, until being sacked by Johnson in the autumn of 2021.
Williamson was first elected at the 2010 election as the Conservative MP for the safe seat of . In 2019, he was returned with a majority of 28,250 votes.
In Cameron himself from 2013-2016.‘s government, Williamson served as the (PPS) to the Hugo Swire, Minister of State for ; PPS to Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for ; and, eventually, as PPS to
Under May, Williamson was promoted to threatening in his manner and his attitude”, telling in which position he earned the sobriquet ‘baby faced assassin’. In this role, Williamson had a residence at Number 12 Downing Street, and kept a tarantula called Cronus on his office desk. His deputy at that time, Ann Miltion, said that Sir Gavin could be “quite Channel 4 News that she thought Sir Gavin saw himself as Frances Urquhart, a fictional chief whip, in the TV series House of Cards.
In 2017, following Michael Fallon’s resignation, Williamson was appointed . In this role, Williamson clashed with then then Chancellor Philip Hammond. After Williamson announced in a 2019 speech that Britain was preparing to send a new aircraft carrier to the Pacific, the Chinese government cancelled trade talks with Hammond.
On May 1st 2019, May fired Williamson over his alleged leaking of information about Huawei’s potential involvement in the British 5G network. Williamson ‘swears on his children’s lives’ that he was not behind the leak.
was a ‘Remain’ supporter during the 2016 Brexit referendum, but was quick to move to accept Brexit under May and Johnson.
Williamson has previously voted against gay marriage, and has also expressed support for scrapping the Human Rights Act 1998, for stronger immigration rules, and for lower taxes.
Gavin Alexander Williamson was born on the 25th of June 1976. Williamson grew up in Scarborough-attending secondary school at Raincliffe Comprehensive and then Scarborough Sixth Form College, before enrolling at the University of Bradford.
What did do before politics?
After graduating, Williamson initially took to manufacturing – successfully turning around a pottery firm in Staffordshire. is said to still maintain good relations with the ceramics industry, one which has typically been strong in the county of Staffordshire, which he himself represents in Parliament .
In 2006, told the Stoke Sentinel newspaper that the best advice he had ever received was from his father who had told him to ‘get a real job’ rather than taking one with the .
Williamson later became the Managing Director of an architectural design firm. Williamson resigned from this position upon his entry to Parliament in 2010.
is married to former teacher, Joanne Eland. The couple have two children.
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