British Cabinet Office minister Gavin Williamson resigned on Tuesday after recent allegations of bullying, saying the allegations against him were “a distraction to the good work of this government.”
“As you know, there are ongoing complaints about text messages I sent to a colleague,” Williamson said in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Rishi Shankar.
“I am complying with this process and have apologized to the recipient for these messages. Since then, other allegations have been made about my past conduct. I deny the specificity of these claims. “Yes, but I recognize that they are becoming a distraction from the good work this government is doing for the British people,” he added in the letter.
“I have therefore decided to resign from the government so that I can fully comply with the grievance process that is underway and clear my name of any wrongdoing,” Williamson said.
Sink accepted his resignation “with great sadness,” according to the PA news agency. “I would like to thank you for your personal support and loyalty,” Sink said.
Williamson’s current term in power lasted only 14 days. Considered a close ally of Sink, Williamson faced growing calls to quit after allegations of bullying.
Former deputy chief whip Ann Milton described Williamson’s behavior five years ago, when he was chief whip, as “intimidating” and “intimidating” in an interview with Channel 4 News on Tuesday.
Milton, who worked with Williamson in the whip’s office – which enforces party discipline – also described his behavior as “immoral and unethical”.
“I got the impression that he liked sophisticated gossip and would use it as leverage against MPs if necessary,” Milton told the broadcaster.
Williamson has yet to publicly react to Milton’s claims. CNN has reached out to the lawmaker for comment.
The Conservative Party lawmaker was previously sacked as defense minister in 2019 by then-prime minister Theresa May over the leak of a key decision on Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
May’s decision follows an investigation into how the Daily Telegraph newspaper discovered the UK government was preparing to give Huawei access to parts of the country’s 5G mobile network. Williamson “vehemently” denied at the time that he was the source of the leak, in a letter posted on his Twitter account.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson later appointed him as Secretary of State for Education, an ill-fated brief that saw Williamson preside over a controversial exam grading algorithm during the Covid-19 pandemic, as testing failed to take place. was The grading system was scrapped after widespread outrage from parents, students and academics.
Williamson also appeared to confuse two major black British sports stars, telling an interviewer he had spoken to Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford – a free school for needy children during the pandemic. were campaigning for food – when in fact he had Met rugby player Maru Atoje.
Johnson removed him from office during a cabinet reshuffle in 2021.
Williamson is also a former chief whip and served as minister without portfolio in the Sink government before his resignation on Tuesday.