British Cabinet Office Minister Gavin Williamson He resigned from his role on Tuesday following recent allegations of bullying, saying the allegations against him were “a distraction from the good work this government is doing.”
“As you are aware, a complaints process is underway 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, other allegations have been made about my past behavior. I dispute the specifics of these claims, but I recognize that this is a distraction from the good work this government is doing for the British people,” he added in the letter.
“I have therefore decided to withdraw from government so that I can fully comply with the ongoing complaints process and clear my name of any wrongdoing,” Williamson said.
According to the PA news agency, Sunak accepted the resignation “with great sadness”. “I want to thank you for your personal support and loyalty,” Sunak said.
Williamson’s current tenure in government only lasted for 14 days. Considered a close ally of Sunak, Williamson faced growing calls to quit after allegations of bullying.
Former deputy chief whip Anne Milton described Williamson’s behavior five years ago, when he was chief whip, as “intimidating” and “intimidating” in an interview with Channel 4 News released on Tuesday.
Milton, who worked alongside Williamson in the whip’s office – which enforces party discipline – also described his behavior as “immoral and unethical”.
Milton told the broadcaster, “I get the sense that he likes to just gossip and will use that to his advantage against MPs if need be.”
Williamson has yet to publicly respond to Milton’s claims. CNN has reached out to the MP for comment.
Williamson said later Tuesday that he would not take any severance pay after resigning. Writing on Twitter that “this is taxpayers’ money, and it should instead go to government priorities such as reducing National Health Service waiting lists.”
He was a Conservative Party MP previously fired In 2019, then Prime Minister Theresa May from her position as Defense Minister for leaking a key decision related to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.
May’s decision led The Daily Telegraph newspaper to discover how the UK government is preparing to allow Huawei access to parts of the country’s 5G mobile network. In a letter posted on his Twitter account at the time, Williamson “vehemently” denied being the source of the leak.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson later appointed him Secretary of State for Education, an unfortunate development that led to Williamson’s controversial presidency. Exam Grading Algorithm During the Covid-19 pandemic, testing could not take place. The grading system was scrapped after widespread outrage from parents, students and teachers.
Williamson also messed up Two prominent black British sports starsHe told an interviewer he had spoken to Manchester United soccer player Marcus Rashford – who is campaigning for free school meals for needy children during the pandemic – when he met rugby player Maro Itoje.
Johnson removed him from the role during a cabinet reshuffle in 2021.
Williamson is also a former chief whip and served as a minister without portfolio in Sunak’s government before resigning on Tuesday.