Gavin Williamson quits after bullying allegations

Gavin Williamson quits after bullying allegations

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ir Gavin Williamson has resigned as a Government minister amid allegations of bullying.

He said he had decided to “step back from Government” whereas the complaints process into his conduct is carried out, vowing to “clear my name of any wrongdoing”.

Rishi Sunak said he accepted his shut ally’s resignation “with great sadness”.

Sir Gavin’s choice to give up his role as Cabinet Office minister follows allegations he despatched expletive-laden messages to former chief whip Wendy Morton complaining about being refused an invite to the Queen’s funeral.

He can be dealing with claims he bullied a former official at the Ministry of Defence and an accusation of “unethical and immoral” behaviour whereas he was chief whip.

In a letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, he said: “As you know, there is an ongoing complaints process concerning text messages I sent to a colleague. I am complying with this process and have apologised to the recipient for those messages.

“Since then there have been other allegations made about my past conduct. I refute the characterisations of these claims but I recognise these are becoming a distraction for the good work this government is doing for the British people.

“I have therefore decided to step back from government so that I can comply fully with the complaints process that is underway and clear my name of any wrongdoing.”

He added: “It is with real sadness I tender my resignation, but I want to take this opportunity to offer my full and total support from the back benches.”

It has been alleged that the previous minister had told a senior civil servant to “slit your throat”.

He made the remarks in entrance of colleagues throughout a gathering when he was Defence Secretary, in accordance to a report within the Guardian.

On one other event, he’s said to have told the civil servant to “jump out of the window”.

Sir Gavin, the previous Cabinet Office minister, has denied the allegations.

In the sequence of texts uncovered over the weekend, Sir Gavin accused Ms Morton of looking for to “punish” MPs out of favour with then-premier Ms Truss by excluding them from the Queen’s funeral, warning: “There is a price for everything.”

It is the primary ministerial resignation under Rishi Sunak’s premiership.

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “This is a damning reflection of a weak Prime Minister.

“Rishi Sunak appointed Gavin Williamson with full knowledge of serious allegations about his conduct and repeatedly expressed confidence in him.

“This is yet another example of Rishi Sunak’s poor judgment and weak leadership. It is clear that he is trapped by the grubby backroom deals he made to dodge a vote, and is incapable of putting country before party.

“As families struggle during a cost-of-living crisis made in Downing Street, yet another Tory Government has descended into chaos.”

Source:standard.co.uk

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