British Prime Minister Rishi Sunaokay mentioned on Tuesday that he has accepted minister Gavin Williamson’s resignation, including that he understands why the choice was taken.
“I assist your choice to step again and perceive why you may have taken it … I wish to thanks in your private assist and loyalty,” Sunak mentioned in a letter to Williamson, which was revealed by the UK authorities.
This marks the primary cupboard resignation beneath the management of Indian-origin premier of Britain.
In his resignation letter, Williamson mentioned he was quitting to “comply absolutely” with a probe into allegations raised against him about bullying his colleagues when he served in earlier roles.
Williamson’s resignation and Sunak’s acceptance of the identical comes amid the PM facing pressure for the choice of his ministers since being elected as Britain’s third premier in two months. Williamson was beforehand sacked as a defence minister and training minister by Sunak’s predecessors. The present prime minister had appointed Williamson to a ministerial function within the cupboard solely two weeks earlier than.
The drama round Williamson gained contemporary steam on Monday after The Guardian newspaper reported that Williamson had bullied a senior civil servant within the defence ministry and informed them to “slit your throat”. He was the serving because the defence secretary beneath former PM Theresa Might on the time.
Moreover, Channel 4 Information aired an interview with Williamson’s ex-deputy on Tuesday evening when he was chief whip. Anne Milton mentioned his behaviour was “intimidating” and “threatening”, and that Williamson would use MPs’ well being issues as “leverage”.
Recounting an incident when Williamson had requested Milton to offer a cheque to an MP who wanted monetary assist, she mentioned: “And he waved it beneath my nostril and mentioned, ‘Be certain that if you give him this examine, he is aware of I now personal him’.”
She added that she didn’t suppose it was a “joke”.
Williamson had already been beneath the radar over a separate bullying declare from one other Conservative MP, Wendy Morton. She served as a chief enforcer in former premier Liz Truss’s 44-day authorities and had submitted a grievance over a number of expletive laden textual content messages Williamson had despatched her after the demise of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
(With inputs from Reuters and Bloomberg)