Downing Street has confirmed the Queen has approved the honor of spoiling Gavin Williamson, who has been twice sacked from Cabinet posts
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Former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has been knighted.
The gaffe-prone Tory, who presided over the Covid exam chaos and was sacked by Theresa May as Defense Secretary, has been given the top gong, No10 said.
Downing Street said: “The Queen was delighted to approve that the honor of chivalry be bestowed on the Right Honorable Gavin Williamson, MP CBE.”
The decision to ennoble the twice sacked minister sparked fury among MPs.
Labor MP Yasmin Qureshi joked: ‘It’s probably for services failing to manage two sets of exam results?’
Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Munira Wilson said the only award he should receive was “worst education secretary in history”.
Mr Williamson was said to have been in the running for a knighthood earlier this year to silence him as Boris Johnson fought to regain control after a series of Partygate revelations.
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Former No 10 chief of staff Gavin Barwell also claimed last year that Mr Williamson had vowed to unleash ‘the greatest theatrical spectacle in the world’ on the government when he fought for his post as Secretary of Defense in 2019.
Mr Williamson was sacked as education secretary in Boris Johnson’s latest reshuffle after he came under heavy criticism over his handling of the education file during the pandemic.
He has been criticized for the 2020 exam chaos and repeated U-turns on the free school meals policy, which has seen the government shamed by footballer Marcus Rashford into feeding children during holidays.
He then hit the headlines in September by confusing Rashford with another black sportsman, rugby player Maro Itoje.
Mr Williamson was also sacked as Defense Secretary by Theresa May in 2019 after he was accused of leaking details of a top secret meeting of the National Security Council.
Before his sacking, he said ‘Russia should go and shut up’ during the fallout from the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
But he was brought back to Cabinet when Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019.
Mr Williamson served as Chief Whip from 2016 to 2017, where he was known to bully MPs with his pet tarantula called Cronus.
Tory defector Christian Wakeford, who recently crossed the floor to join Labour, accused Mr Williamson of threatening to withdraw funding for a school in his constituency if he rebelled in a key vote.
The MP for Bury South claimed the alleged confrontation took place before a vote on a Labor motion to extend free school meals over the holidays.
Mr Williamson told The Times: ‘I have no recollection of the conversation as described, but what I do remember is working tirelessly with Christian and others to be able to deliver this school. , what I have done.
“Such major investment decisions are made after careful analysis of the benefits the investment will bring and certainly not something that can be decided in a brief conversation like the one described.”
Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson said her record in government was “shameful”.
“Gavin Williamson starved children to death, created two years of utter chaos over exams and failed to provide laptops to children struggling to learn during lockdowns,” he said. she stated.
“His record is astonishing and shameful. Boris Johnson is once again proving that this is one rule for him and his cronies and another for the rest of us.
“It shows complete disregard for the challenges children and education staff have faced during the pandemic.”
Lib Dem Munira Wilson called the honor “an insult” to children, families and teachers.
She said: ‘He failed to provide laptops to children who needed them, sleepwalked into the exam crisis and wreaked havoc on parents and teachers by bringing children back to school. People across the country will be outraged by this award for his dismal failures.
“It is an insult to every child, parent and teacher who has fought against Covid against all odds. It shows that this government only cares about those at the top.